Quick Bookish Halloween Costumes for Kids

Halloween is next week! What are your kids dressing up as? No idea! We’re here to help. Here are great last minute costume ideas–many which may already be in your child’s closet right now.

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 3.14.29 PMSam I Am Costume

  • Yellow shirt
  • Cardstock for printing “Sam I Am” sign
  • Red felt
  • Green & white playdough

Cut donut shape circles. Cut two floppy hat tops on the diagonally. Sew hat top together and turn right side out. Pin inside of circle to hat top and sew, stretching the entire time.

Either craft the green eggs and ham out of playdough or create them from felt.

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Cooking with Kids and Their Fictional Friends


Do you ever what a helper in the kitchen? Get your child excited about cooking by selecting a cookbook based on their favorite book. It’s a great way to explore the book on another level.

bookcoverRoald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes

Roald Dahl’s books include many descriptive creative culinary creations, such as Snozzcumbers (The BFG) or Mudburgers (James and the Giant Peach). These so-called revolting recipes may sound disgusting, but they are actually quite tasty; for example, Wormy Spaghetti is normal spaghetti with some fusilli to add some “worminess” to the pasta.



bookcover (1)Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook

Put away the green food dye! Georgeanne Brennan, Julia Child Cookbook and James Beard Cookbook award winner, has invented a series of recipes based on Dr. Seuss’s whimsical creations that are actually delicious! Instead of green dye for Green Eggs and Ham, this cookbook calls for cilantro and tomatillos rub for the ham and guacamole to cover the yolk of the egg! Playful names and inventive presentations will keep the giggles up all through dinner.

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This Week: October 20-26

There’s something for everyone this week at Douglas County Libraries. Enjoy special storytimes, book talks, cooking programs and much more!

Monday, October 20

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Just Write Jr.!, Parker

A writing group for kids, ages 6-7. Use books, art, music, and real life as inspiration for original writing.

6:30 PM: Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture, James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch

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Delicious Gluten-Free Holiday Baking


Holidays are synonymous with delicious baked goods. This can be challenging when baking for loved ones that have many allergies. AlternativeCook.com founder, Jean Duane showed us how it could be done Tuesday night at Philip S. Miller.

If you missed Jean’s presentation, you can still register for her talk tonight (October 16th) at Castle Pines here.

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This Week at Douglas County Libraries: October 13-19

Stop by the library this week to enjoy special storytimes, gluten-free baking demostrations, recommendations of great reads from Book Lovers talks and much more!

Monday, October 13

boy in pijama with his teddy bear and book isolated on white7:00 PM

Pajama Storytime, James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch

Do you feel like coming to the library in your jammies and snuggly slippers to hear stories? Come to the pajama storytime! Puppets may be used occasionally for this early literacy program.

7:00 PM: Highlands Ranch Book Group, James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch

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Beat the Clock This Holiday Season!


Last night, Michele Morris, chef and author of Tasting Colorado, gave her Thanksgiving meal game plan secrets to a crowd at James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch. Not only did she share how to prepare it all before the big meal, but she also included a delicious menu with recipes!

Did you miss the talk? Don’t worry, register for her next session on Wednesday, October 29 at Roxborough starting at 6:30 PM.

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Library Models to be Revealed


We have completed the research phase of our new buildings project, and will reveal plans and models at three upcoming community open houses.

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Season’s Eatings!


Join us for one of these programs to make your holidays a little less harried by learning some tips and shortcuts in the kitchen from seasoned chefs and cookbook authors. Please register since classes do tend to fill up quickly.

Beat the Clock: Timing Your Holiday Meal
Cookbook author Michele Morris with her new book.Presented by Michele Morris, author of Tasting Colorado.

Don’t let stress over the big meal spoil your holidays! Learn to prepare some new holiday side dishes (tasting included), plus how to put your game plan in place and prepare days ahead for the big meal.

Thursday, October 9; 6:30 PM at James H. LaRue/Highlands Ranch

Wednesday, October 29; 6:30 PM at Roxborough 

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I Was Banned for Being Offensive…

According to the American Library Association (ALA), more than 11,300 books have been challenged since Banned Book Week was launched in 1982. Last year, 307 challenges were reported to ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom (and many more go unreported). Top reasons for banning books include: age inappropriate, sexually explicit, offensive language, homosexuality, violence, religious affiliations, presence of witchcraft, racial issues, and blasphemous dialog.

Here are just a few examples of beloved tales that have been banned. Celebrate your freedom to right and read dangerously this week!

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Read Dangerously: Graphic Novels Are They Too Graphic?


This year, Banned Books Week is focusing on comics and graphic novels. They are increasing coming under fire for being too violent or graphic.

We’ve compiled a list of great ones that have been banned/challenged, but deserve a read because they are just that good.

bookcover (17)Bone

A lovely Tolkien-esque adventure story following three Bone cousins as they travel through a deep forest filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures.

It has been challenged because one of the Bone cousins smokes and drinks.

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