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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!
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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 Geocaching.com and on to finding your first caches.

Fun Books for Families & Kids

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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Gardening From the Ground Up
Saturday, March 4
1-2PM
Registration is required.

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

Backcountry Recreation Fair
Saturday, March 11
10AM-2PM
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.

CHECK THESE OUT! 

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

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An Evening With Author Dick Kreck
Monday, March 13
6:30-8:30PM
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
10-11:30AM
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.

 

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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
10AM-12PM
Adults of all experience levels are welcome. Registration is required.

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

CHECK IT OUT!

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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
6:30-8:30PM
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
1-3PM
Registration is required.

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

CO State of Mind Fair
Saturday, April 1
10AM-3PM
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!