The Finals! 2017 DCL March Book Madness

DCLMarchBookMadness_Bracket2017-final2The votes are in, and the finalists are set to face off in our 2017 March Book Madness. Your votes will determine this year’s champion! Will it be fantasy, or reality?

What are you waiting for? Vote now for your favorite!

The Finals!

Outta the Park Dogs & Brats

The 2017 baseball season is a week out and you know what that means: It’s time to step up to the plate for some great dogs and brats! Here are a few recipes to try until you can make it to your favorite ballpark concession, or check out this cookbook for Wieners Gone Wild.

Fiery Dogs


Vietnamese-Inspired Hot Dogs (via tbsp.)

Handful of your favorite chips
1/4 cup ketchup
2-3 tsp. sriracha sauce
2-3 tsp. honey, divided
1 tbsp. yellow mustard
1 tbsp. whole grain mustard
Pinch of jalapeno powder (or cayenne)
2 hot dogs or sausages
2 hot dog buns
Cilantro, for garnish
Pickled or fresh jalapenos, for garnish

Barbecue Pulled Pork Hot Dogs (via Dinners, Dishes & Desserts)

1 package hot dogs
1 package your choice pulled pork BBQ
1 package hot dog buns
1 16-oz. package coleslaw mix
1/2 cup mayo
2 tbsp. white vinegar
1 tbsp. sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

Unbeatable Brats


Grilled Brats With Cherry Bacon Brussels Sprout Slaw (via Spiced)

1/4 cup dried cherries
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
8 oz. Brussels sprouts
1/4 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
Bratwurst sausages, grilled
Hot dog buns

Jalapeno Beer Brats (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)

1 (19-oz.) package brats
2 medium sweet onions, thinly sliced
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tbsp. butter
1 cup sauerkraut, drained well
5 slices Swiss cheese
2 jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced (or 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno slices, drained)
5 buns

2017 March Book Madness: Round 3


It’s Round 3 of DCL’s March Book Madness, and reality and fantasy are facing off. Who will win? You decide — vote for your favorites today!




Welcome, Spring Break!


Spring break is just over two weeks away. You still have plenty of time to make plans for an engaging, fun week with the family, whether you spend it indoors or out. Here are some ideas — and all you need for a good time is your library card!

Explore & Discover

  • Check Out Colorado! Stop by any Douglas County Libraries (DCL) location and check out a Colorado State Park pass and backpack for free, then visit any state park in our state and make your own adventure.
  • Reserve a free Adventure Pass to six local cultural institutions: Butterfly Pavilion; Clyfford Still Museum; Denver Firefighters Museum; Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys; Dinosaur Ridge; and History Colorado Center. There’s something for everyone!
  • Discover a geocache with the kids. This great family activity gets everyone outside and moving. And there’s no telling what treasures you’ll find!
  • Take a GPS tour of Denver with the kids. Alphabet Denver: A GPS Alphabet Hunt Book, by Kitty Migaki, is full of color photos of the ABCs found in downtown Denver architecture. Every letter has a GPS code to encourage people to visit each letter in person. Simply use a smartphone or hand-held GPS to find the letters, which fall mostly between the Denver Art Museum and Coors Field.

Learn Something New

  • Did you know DCL offers sewing machine checkouts? Check one out, along with books on sewing projects for kids (or find a YouTube video), and get crafty!
  • Start a garden. The kids will love digging in the dirt and then watching their seedlings grow. You can check out a number of how-to books for getting your garden going and growing!

Get Creative

  • Our branches in Lone Tree, Castle Pines and Parker feature Everbright walls — life-size Lite-Brite-inspired light grids that can be manipulated to create colorful, artistic designs. Stop by and play! Then share your masterpiece with us on social media using the hashtag #IMadeThisatDCL.
  • Reserve time at the Parker Recording Studio to record an e-book featuring your children’s voices, or have fun with the green screen and make a video you can share with the whole family!


  • Who wouldn’t want to make cupcakes? Tie on the aprons, break out the cookbooks, and whip up some confectionary delights!

If you’re traveling over break, load your tablet with great kids’ magazinese-books and audiobooks for the journey. Keep the younger tykes entertained with talking picture books and fun games through Tumblebooks.

Happy trails!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!



“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.” – One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss




Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2, and there’s no better way to celebrate the man who authored 46 fanciful children’s books than by embracing your inner child. You can celebrate with the kids at home or happily on your own, during a storm and then again once it’s warm, in the park or even after dark. You can celebrate here, there, everywhere! It’s not Dr. Seuss, I’ll grant you that, but you get the idea.

Here are some other ideas.

Read, Watch & More!

  • Dr. Seuss Day is also known as Read Across America Day. After all, his books inspired a love of reading in generations of readers around the world. Embark on a Dr. Seuss read-a-thon with your kids. You can find some classics in our catalog or download an e-book or audiobook from OverDrive.
  • Watch your favorite Seuss-inspired films, complete with Seussational snacks (below).
  • Pop into our Highlands Ranch branch for an array of Seuss-themed games and activities all day, including tic-tac-toe, coloring and more!
  • Dress up as a Dr. Seuss character. Pick your favorite — there are so many to choose from!
  • Talk in rhyme all day long.
  •  Want more ideas?

Crafts & Snacks

Cat in the Hat Blog

Cat in the Hat Hat

Who doesn’t love that mischievous cat? The best part of making this hat is that it’s wearable, too!


Materials needed: a cardboard tube, red and white yarn, white foam sheet, school glue, and scissors


Cat in the Hat Snack

This edible craft is perfect for little ones who want to help, or make it yourself when you’re craving something sweet and whimsical. (You could also try this healthier option from Spaceships and Laser Beams.)

10 Oreo cookies
20 marshmallows
1/2 cup white frosting
Red sprinkles


The Lorax Paper Plate Craft

Children’s books make learning fun, and The Lorax has important lessons to share. Craft time with the kids is just one more opportunity to talk about this fable-like story.


Materials needed: Paper plate, orange paint, large googly eyes, orange pom-pom, yellow construction paper, paint brush, glue, scissors

DIY Mustache on a Stick

Dr. Seuss Day should be full of whimsy, like the author’s stories and colorful characters. Take the Lorax craft project above a step further by making a bushy, yellow Lorax mustache that you can pull out and “wear” whenever the quirky inspiration strikes. The whole family can have fun with this craft.

Materials needed: Mustache template (easily found by Googling “Lorax mustache template”), white foam sheet, scissors, wooden dowel, yellow and white paint, paint brush, glue


Green Eggs & Ham Pretzel Snack

This snack is just as easy to enjoy anywhere and with anyone as Sam I Am’s green eggs and ham. Only they’re sweet. And salty. And easy to make!
Tiny twist pretzels
White melting wafers
Green Sixlets
A cookie sheet
Wax paper or aluminum foil

Now Featuring: Colorado-Inspired Adventure

Looking for ideas on how to celebrate Colorado? These books are sure to encourage your adventurous spirit, ignite your curiosity, and inspire family fun.


Colorado’s Quiet Winter Trails

by Dave Muller
Describes in detail 99 Colorado trails where snowmobiles are forbidden by state or federal regulation or where the terrain makes snowmobiling simply not worth the effort. If you are seeking a serene outing, this is the guidebook for you.


Snowshoe Routes: Colorado’s Front Range

by Alan Apt

Apt has wandered the Front Range for over 30 years. Take advantage of his detailed knowledge of the trails that will safely transport you, friends and family into winter’s backcountry. The book includes a buyer’s and renter’s guide that will help you pick a pair of appropriate snowshoes, as well as safety checklists, so you’ll know what to bring and wear. It also includes suggestions for staying warm, so you can truly enjoy your day on the snow.



Want to try your skills at snowshoeing? Check out a pair and head to the high country or your local snowy trail! DCL has adult and youth sizes.





Colorado Adventure Guide

by Charlie Nuttelman
The book is chock full of information related to navigation, equipment, safety, and outdoor ethics for hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, trail running, cross-country ski touring, and backpacking in northern Colorado. It includes over 460 pages with full-color photographs, 88 detailed area maps with mileages and elevations, and more than 500 accurate, tested route descriptions.


The Colorado Gardener’s Companion: An Insider’s Guide to Gardening in the Centennial State

by Jodi B. Torpey
The Colorado Gardener’s Companion is your guide to cultivating a successful garden in the Centennial State. Whether you are an experienced green thumb or an inquiring novice, and whether you live in the mountains, on the Western Slope, along the Front Range, or on the Eastern Plains, this easy-to-understand guide will help you grow bountiful vegetables, abundant flowers, and lush lawns.



Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening

by Deborah Martin
General garden-building skills and specific techniques are presented in growing-season order — from garden planning and planting to growing and harvesting. Many other need-to-know topics like soil, compost, seeds, pest control and weeds are explained in simple language to ensure success, even on a small scale, on the first try. This book is everything beginning gardeners (or those new to organic gardening) need to get a garden growing and keep it going strong all season.


America, Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers

by Mario Batali
Bestselling author and world-renowned chef Mario Batali pays homage to the American farmer — from Maine to Colorado to Los Angeles — in stories, photos and recipes.


The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook

by Diana Rodgers
This unique book is a three-in-one treasure trove: cookbook, grower’s guide, and selection of unplugged living tips. It’s a must-have for anyone looking to have a closer connection to how healthy food is produced.


Murder at the Brown Palace: A True Story of Seduction and Betrayal

by Dick Kreck

On May 24, 1911, one of the most notorious murders in Denver’s history occurred. The riveting tale involves high society, adultery, drugs, multiple murder, and more, all set in Denver’s grand old hotel, the Brown Palace.



GoPro Cameras

by Chad Fahs

Shoot, edit and share action-packed video with a GoPro. This book helps users understand the basics of correctly operating, mounting and caring for this camera in all types of environments.


Check out a GoPro at DCL, and capture your epic moments!






Beer Pairing: The Essential Guide From the Pairing Pros

by Julia Herz
Beer has reclaimed its place at the dinner table. Yet unlike wine, there aren’t many in-depth resources to guide both beginners and beer geeks for pairing beer with food. This book changes that. As you start your journey, you’ll learn all about the effects aroma, taste, preference, and personal experience can have on flavor.


Colorado Excursions With History, Hikes and Hops

by Ed Sealover
Colorado is replete with natural beauty, award-winning breweries, and a history that reflects its wild and rugged character. Sealover offers this detailed guide to 10 three-day excursions full of nature, history, and unique watering holes.


The Backyard Beekeeper

by Kim Flottum
This book makes the time-honored and complex tradition of beekeeping an enjoyable and accessible backyard pastime that will appeal to gardeners, crafters and cooks everywhere.


Victory Gardens for Bees

by Lori Weidenhammer
This book investigates the growing problem of bee mortality and offers practical measures we can all take to help. Planning a bee-friendly space can provide a beautiful and bountiful selection of edible crops, native plants, and fragrant ornamentals, as well as herbs that have medicinal properties for both pollinators and people.


Climbing Colorado’s Fourteeners

by Chris Meehan
Taking on one of Colorado’s 53 fourteeners — from stately Longs Peak and the iconic Maroon Bells to the easy-to-access Mount Bierstadt — is becoming a pilgrimage for Colorado residents and visitors. Meehan gets you excited about climbing a 14er in this book, which is full of good information about each mountain and its surrounding areas.


How to Puzzle Cache

by Cully Long
Faced with a map full of blue question marks and no idea where to start? Geocaching novices and pros alike are often daunted by puzzle and mystery caches. This book will help you ask — and get answers to — all the right questions. It includes over 300 pages of lessons, tips, tricks and hints for dealing with even the trickiest puzzle caches.
Yes, you’ve got your smartphone, but a dedicated GPS device has many advantages when adventuring outdoors. Check one out from DCL to help find your cache!


Geocaching: Basic Beginner’s Guide

by Vince Migliore
This step-by-step beginner’s guide will help you get started in the hobby of geocaching. It features clear procedures in simple terms for those not familiar with the hobby. Photos and illustrations help guide you, from an introduction to registering with and on to finding your first caches.

Fun Books for Families & Kids


Rocky’s Outdoor Adventure: A Story About Colorado

by Colleen Dolphin
Young readers are introduced to the state of Colorado through stories about the state animal on a big adventure. This book is a great way to explore Colorado when preparing for a school report or family vacation.


A, B, See Colorado: An Alphabet Book of the Centennial State

by Claudia Cangilla McAdam
Learn about Colorado locations through the book’s alphabetical arrangement, featuring photography of Colorado. The book includes maps and descriptions of locations, a glossary, and learning activities.


Alphabet Denver: A GPS Alphabet Hunt Book

by Kitty Migaki
This book is full of color photos of the ABCs found in downtown Denver architecture. Every letter has a GPS code to encourage people to visit each letter in person. You can use a smartphone or hand-held GPS (available for checkout at DCL) to find the letters. Most of the letters can be found between the Denver Art Museum and Coors Field, with a few a little farther away. What a fun activity to do with the whole family!


The Kid’s Guide to Denver, Boulder & Colorado’s Ski Country

by Eileen Ogintz
Before you plan your family’s next excursion, get some help from a travel professional … and your kids! This guide to Denver and Boulder lets the kids help with trip planning and guides you in exploring these Colorado destinations. Along the way, your kids will be engaged by reading and sharing fun facts and cool travel tips. Awesome games and quizzes will keep the family entertained.

Yours, Colorado!

NowFeaturing_Icons1-03We live in Colorado, a state that is blessed with an abundance of sunny days each year. There’s no better setting for tapping into and exploring your adventurous spirit, making memories, and having tons of family fun!

Discover Colorado’s best during the month of March at Douglas County Libraries. Our programs and events for all ages will feed your curiosity and set you on the path to fully enjoying all our great state has to offer. After all, it’s yours, Colorado!

Here’s a peek at some of the events happening across the district.


Lone Tree

Gardening From the Ground Up
Saturday, March 4
Registration is required.

Tagawa’s Luan Akin provides tips and how-tos on urban gardening.

Backcountry Recreation Fair
Saturday, March 11
No registration required.

L.L. Bean and other recreation specialists will be on hand with the information needed to get out and enjoy our beautiful state! Topics include women-specific outdoor programs, wilderness first aid, camping basics, fly fishing, adaptive sports, and more! Great for all ages.










GoPros and snowshoes (in adult and youth sizes) — available for checkout at DCL in April!









An Evening With Author Dick Kreck
Monday, March 13
Registration is required.

Colorado author and retired Denver Post columnist Dick Kreck will talk about the storied history of Denver and his books Rich People Behaving Badly and Murder at the Brown Palace. Books will be on sale during the event.

Farm to Table
Saturday, March 18
Registration is required.

Think global, eat local. Learn about community-supported agriculture from a local organic farmer and why eating locally sourced foods benefits consumers, farmers, and the environment.






Made in Colorado Movie Night

Bring the family to free screenings of films with Colorado connections. Popcorn will be served. Registration is required.

Friday, March 24, 6-8:30PM: War Games
Saturday, March 25, 6-8:30PM: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade








Castle Rock – Philip S. Miller 

Geocaching Open House
Saturday, March 4
Adults of all experience levels are welcome. Registration is required.

Trade tips with other geocachers and learn more about this worldwide phenomenon.





Hand-held GPS is ideal for geocaching, and you can check one out starting in April at DCL.





Ed Sealover’s Colorado Excursions With History, Hikes & Hops
Friday, March 10
Adults 21 and older. Registration is required.

Author, Denver Business Journal reporter, and Beer Run blogger Ed Sealover will talk about his book Colorado Excursions With History, Hikes and Hops. A beer tasting will follow his talk, and books will be available for purchase.

Organic Gardening in Douglas County With Pat “The Bird Man” Brodbent
Saturday, March 11
Registration is required.

Learn expert tips for organic gardening right in your own backyard.

CO State of Mind Fair
Saturday, April 1
No registration required.

Explore the many ways you can enjoy the great Colorado outdoors! Live demos will surprise and delight you.

Find the complete schedule of Colorado-inspired programs and events here. And don’t miss these related reads.

Happy trails!

Presidential Escapism

President Washington was the inspiration for Presidents Day, the day that now honors all persons who have served as president of the United States. A hearty salute to all of them! Normally, nonfiction rules the day when it comes to presidential reads. There are, after all, a plethora of fascinating biographies and accounts of U.S. presidents. But let’s suspend reality for a while instead, starting with these fictional stories.



Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders
This historical novel is getting a lot of buzz and is included on many “new and noteworthy” book lists, including ours! The story takes place over the course of one night at the dawn of the Civil War, the night Abraham Lincoln visits the crypt of his deceased son, Willie, to spend time with him. Both are in a state of limbo of sorts. The book intertwines the living, the dead, and history in a captivating way.



by Stephen King
If you didn’t already know, Stephen King writes more than just horror. Read this book and you’ll see. High-school English teacher Jake Epping travels through time with one goal in mind: preventing the assassination of President Kennedy. Can he rewrite the course of history? It’s an exciting, suspenseful tale that will keep you enthralled to the end.



by Tom Perrotta
This funny, somewhat dark comedy about an overachieving high-school student and an idealistic English teacher has all the makings of a political thriller — ambition, scandal and intrigue. And because it’s set in a high school around a student-body election, you know there is also high drama! Check out the movie for great performances by Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick.


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

by Seth Grahame-Smith
Abraham Lincoln saved the Union and freed millions of slaves. But did you know he kept secret journals chronicling his internal struggle with the dark forces of vampires? That’s the premise of this story, anyway. And it makes for interesting reading, especially if you like history mixed with a good dose of fantasy.


Advise & Consent

by Allen Drury
This Pulitzer Prize winner has been hailed as one of the best novels about our political system, government, and Washington, D.C. The story, about senators struggling over the president’s nomination for Secretary of State, includes well-drawn characters and believable dialogue, with a great feel for location. You could also watch the movie!


Capital Crimes Series

by Margaret Truman
Margaret Truman used her experience as President Harry S. Truman’s only daughter to write a series of crime novels set in and around Washington, D.C. It’s interesting to note that most of these novels include the word “murder” in the title, so dive in!


Love Notes to DCL

library-love-notesWe love hearing how DCL impacts the lives of those in our community. Here are some of our favorite “love notes” we’ve received through the years.


“My kids were so eager to complete their summer reading logs that they would bring books to the playground and want to read instead of play!”


“I love to read but like any reader, I cannot buy every book I want to read. I don’t know what I’d do without DCL.”


“I spent many hours in the study rooms to make sure that I had a quiet environment to work in. I had access to a printer to be able to print my course materials and homework assignments. The staff were willing to help me locate resources or place items on hold that I needed. Without the library in my community, I would not be able to share my love of reading or realize my dream of completing my education and beginning my career. I will continue to utilize this wonderful resource and am grateful for Douglas County Libraries, and I cannot wait to visit the new library building with my family!”


“A retiree was touring with his family through Douglas County and decided to stop by the Castle Rock — Philip S. Miller location. He stopped by the Douglas County History Research Center because he knew his mother lived in Colorado for a few years. We introduced him to his family’s original homestead document, newspaper mentions of the family during the 1910s, and the actual homestead site (with Google directions) to the family property so that the family could visit while they were here in Douglas County. This gentleman was incredibly grateful for connecting him with his family’s past.”


I have really enjoyed being a Book Start volunteer with a home care provider. The kids are great to see each week. They enjoy this time, and it is fun to see what they already know and the new things they learn. It has definitely brought more joy into my life. The library makes it easy with about a dozen themed books each week to take home and select the ones you want to read, a handout of suggested songs or finger plays, and some other materials you can use.”


Bark for Books has ignited an excitement in our children for reading. They are not being judged by their level of reading by classroom peers but are able to go to a supportive, calm environment where reading is encouraged and celebrated. Our four kids have participated in the Bark for Books program for a couple of years now and appreciate the time and interest volunteer Patty Neville fosters with them individually. Her dogs are well-trained and eager to listen to all young readers exploring their journeys through the gift of books.”


The adult literacy program at the library has provided a pathway for me to interact with people, to socialize with people, and, most importantly, to have the opportunity to teach. When I came to this country, I didn’t speak English. I was an ESL student. Someone took the time to teach me. That’s how the library adds magic to my life.”


“Thank you for putting on these events. My daughter was born with eye muscle misalignments. She needed surgeries in elementary school to see correctly. She was always at the bottom of her classes and said she hated reading and writing. Then, a few years ago, I saw the library was hosting a talk with Jane O’Connor for the Fancy Nancy series. I brought Amy when she was in second grade and something clicked. Her attitude about reading changed. After meeting an author and getting a book autographed, Amy decided to start reading more. Since then, I’ve taken her to other author events put on by DCL. Each time Amy heard from a writer in person, she focused more on reading, then writing her own stories and then illustrating.”

Cardholder Perks


Your DCL library card gives you access to all kinds of things beyond just books! Here are some great items to explore.

Take an Adventure Through a State Park

Explore our state parks with a free state parks pass through Check Out Colorado! Check out a backpack with a free pass at any of our locations. They are part of our Lucky Day program for new and popular materials, so they’re available first-come, first-served.

Explore a Museum

Reserve a pass to a local cultural institution through our Adventure Pass program. Book tickets to the Butterfly Pavilion; Clyfford Still Museum; Denver Firefighters Museum; Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys; Dinosaur Ridge; or History Colorado.

Try Your Hand at the Loom

We have several nontraditional items available for checkout, including a sewing machine, loom and spinning wheel. Check back periodically to see what our latest nontraditional items are!

Take a Hotspot on Vacation

Traveling somewhere remote? Bring long-range Wi-Fi with you by borrowing a DCL hotspot.

Grow Your Small Business

Several of our business librarians are available for small-business research, including market information, competitive intelligence, data on industry trends, and sample business plans.

Learn a New Skill

Learn software, creative, business and technology skills using, which includes thousands of video courses taught by industry experts.

Play Brain Games

Exercise your mind with BrainHQ.

Learn a New Language

German, Spanish, Russian or Pirate — you can learn all these and more through Mango, an online language learning platform.

Get Personalized Book Recommendations

Looking for a good read, but fresh out of ideas? We can help! Tell us what you’re interested in — even what you’re not interested in — and our Readers’ Advisory staff will provide personalized reading suggestions just for you.