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
7-8PM
Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller – Bandstand
100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock
Free

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
9:30PM
Free

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
4-9:30PM
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
9-10:30AM
Town Center North (starts at Kaiser Permanente building, 9285 Hepburn St., corner of Lucent Blvd. & Highlands Ranch Pkwy.)
Free

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
4-10PM
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
6-10PM
Salisbury Park, Parker
Free

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
4-5PM
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

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Illuminae

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.

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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.

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Alienated

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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Dune

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

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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

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Zathura

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.

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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.

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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).

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

Roxborough

Revenge of the Si(x)th: A Star Wars Celebration
Saturday, May 6
2-4PM
Register

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
7-8:30PM
Register

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
5-9:30PM
Register

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
6:30-8PM
Register

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.

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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!

Explore
Thursday, May 11
10-11AM
Register

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
7-8PM
Register

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
6-8PM
Register

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

Shoebox Rover
Saturday, May 27
1-3PM
Register

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
4-6PM
Register

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

Fold ‘N Fly
Saturday, May 20
1-2:30PM
Register

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
1-2:30PM
Register

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
6:30-8PM
Register

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!

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Rhythm of the Universe
Saturday, May 6
1-2PM
Register

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
6:30-7:30PM
Register

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

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Slick Science: Rockets
Tuesday, May 9
5:15-6:15PM
Register

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
3-4:30PM
Register

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!

5 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

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You don’t have to be Latin to love this festive holiday! Here are five fun ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Douglas County.

1. Grab a Brew & Give Back

105 West Brewing Company in Castle Rock (1043 Park Street) is donating all tips received during the month of May to Douglas County nonprofits! Join us there on Friday, May 5, from 1-10:30 p.m. and support Douglas County Libraries. Salud!

 

2. Join the Cinco de Mayo Street Party & Concert

Friday, May 5
6-10PM
Festival Park (300 2nd Street, Castle Rock)

This free family-style celebration includes live music, activities, bounce houses, and food vendors.

3. Take the Family to the Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Saturday, May 6
11:45AM-3PM
Outlets at Castle Rock (5050 Factory Shops Blvd. #437)

Enjoy a day of free fun for the whole family, including performances by Ballet Folklorico and Mariachi Trio. Check out the entertainment schedule here.

4. Host Your Own Fiesta

Plan your own unique Cinco de Mayo celebration! Check out our collection of Mexican-style cookbooks to find recipes for festive drinks, appetizers and meals, and create a soundtrack with music from Hoopla and Freegal to make the night complete. All you need is your library card!

5. Get Loco Locally

Did you know you can now get discounts with local merchants through DCL Local? All you need is your library card. Use it on May 5 for crazy discounts on food and drink, shopping, and more! Don’t have a library card? What are you waiting for? Get one today!

 

 

Show Your Support for Douglas County Libraries!

There are several events happening in the community in May that benefit Douglas County Libraries. We hope you will join us!

Friday, May 5, 1-10:30PM

Give Back Day at 105 West Brewing Company (1043 Park St., Castle Rock, CO 80109)

During the entire month of May, 105 West Brewing Company in Castle Rock is donating all tips received to Douglas County nonprofits. Join us there on Cinco de Mayo, May 5, and toast the library!

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Friday, May 26, 6PM

An Evening of Dance at the Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center (20000 Pikes Peak Ave., Parker, CO 80138)

Dual Star Academy of Dance is holding a benefit performance for Douglas County Libraries Foundation. Enjoy an inspiring night of dance that includes everything from solos to group productions. A $10 donation is encouraged. Register here.

 

 

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Douglas County Libraries will also be out in the community by hosting a book nook at the Princess ParTEA. Stop by and say hello!
Saturday, May 13, 10AM & 1PM

Princess ParTEA at the Falls Event Center (8199 Southpark Court, Littleton, CO 80120)

Join your favorite princesses at Denver’s largest royal tea party. Alice and the Mad Hatter will serve everyone tea and treats. There will also be arts and crafts, singalongs with the princesses, face painting, and a book nook provided by Douglas County Libraries. General admission tickets are $35.

Cool Summer Camps for Kids

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Looking for experience-rich summer camps that will keep your young thinker or tinkerer engaged this summer? We’ve got you covered! Camp DCL at Douglas County Libraries offers cool summer camps where kids can learn, play and explore, with plenty of hands-on activities.

Be a Builder

Encourage your child’s inner architect at our Be a Builder summer camps. Kids will learn a different aspect of building and design each day, and they’ll put their newfound knowledge to work building toys, games, and even stuffed animals!

Registration is open for ages 6-12; $150.
Lone Tree: Monday, June 19-Friday, June 23, 1:30-5PM
Parker: Monday, July 17-Friday, July 21, 1:30-5PM

These books are sure to spark your young builder’s imagination!

Be a Coder

Sure, your kids love video games. At our Be a Coder summer camps, they can learn how to create their own, along with other fun coding skills!

Registration is open for ages 6-12; $225.
Highlands Ranch: Monday, June 12-Friday, June 16, 9AM-12:30PM
Castle Pines: Monday, June 26-Friday, June 30, 9AM-12:30PM

Check out these books to give the kids a jump on learning the ins and outs of coding.

Be a Detective

The perfect summer camps for your gumshoe in training or super-sleuth in the making! Kids will learn cool skills like fingerprinting, problem-solving and more!

Registration is open for ages 8-12; $150.
Lone Tree: Monday, June 12-Friday, June 16, 1:30-5PM
Parker: Monday, June 19-Friday, June 23, 9AM-12:30PM
Roxborough: Monday, July 10-Friday, July 14, 9AM-12:30PM

It’s no mystery that we love the clever kid detectives in these books.

Be a Robotics Engineer

These summer camps encourage budding engineers with fun, hands-on experiences, including the opportunity to build a robot!

Registration is open for ages 9-12; $225.
Castle Rock: Monday, July 17-Friday, July 21, 9AM-12:30PM
Parker: Monday, July 31-Friday, August 4, 1:30-5PM

Some of our favorite robots are featured in these films — make it a movie night!

Register today, and we’ll see you this summer!

Do You Have a 4-Year-Old?

OneBook4CODid you know that every 4-year-old in the state is eligible to receive a free book through the One Book 4 Colorado program?

This year, the title is Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley.

One Book 4 Colorado, started in 2012, gives away copies of the same book to each 4-year-old in the state through public libraries and Denver Preschool Program classrooms.

Studies have shown that 4-year-olds who have access to books (and adults who read to them) will be much more likely to be reading-ready by kindergarten. Research has also shown that children in low-income families tend to have fewer books in their homes and are exposed to 30 million fewer words before the age of 4 compared to their higher-income peers. Therefore, One Book 4 Colorado aims to close any vocabulary gap by getting a book into the home of every 4-year-old across the state and foster a culture of reading.

Head to a Douglas County Libraries branch near you!

If you have a child in your family who is, was, or will be 4-years-old in 2017, please stop by any of our locations to pick up a copy of Mouse Mess April 17-May 1. But hurry! This only applies while supplies last.