The 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 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.
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!
If you’re traveling over break, load your tablet with great kids’ magazines, e-books and audiobooks for the journey. Keep the younger tykes entertained with talking picture books and fun games through Tumblebooks.
“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.
We 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.
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.
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GoPros and snowshoes (in adult and youth sizes) — available for checkout at DCL in April!
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.
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.
Bring the family to free screenings of films with Colorado connections. Popcorn will be served. Registration is required.
Trade tips with other geocachers and learn more about this worldwide phenomenon.
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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.
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.
We 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.”
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.
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!
Traveling somewhere remote? Bring long-range Wi-Fi with you by borrowing a DCL hotspot.
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 software, creative, business and technology skills using Lynda.com, which includes thousands of video courses taught by industry experts.
Exercise your mind with BrainHQ.
German, Spanish, Russian or Pirate — you can learn all these and more through Mango, an online language learning platform.
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.