Lovin’ Summer Bucket List

It’s summer in Colorado — and there’s simply no better place to be (in my humble, but biased opinion)! The sun is shining and the days are warm and long. That means the time is ripe to squeeze out every ounce of pleasure the season has to offer.

Make this summer one to remember! Do something you’ve always wanted to do, something outside your comfort zone, something that takes you out of your day-to-day life … something silly! Now’s the time, because summer won’t last forever.

 

Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List

  1. Dine al fresco, sip a cup of joe on a patio, or indulge in some soft-serve yogurt. As a card-carrying library user, you can do so at a discount!
  2. Make your own ice cream treats.
  3. Give the stove and oven a break for the summer, and fire up the grill instead.
  4. Have a picnic or go hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, camping or fishing (there’s so much to do!) at one of Colorado’s great state parks. Bonus: You can score a free State Parks pass from the library through Check Out Colorado!
  5. Host a patio party — at your place or ours.
  6. Take that road trip you’ve been thinking about. Here are some ideas for inspiration.
  7. Indulge your passion by reading a romantic novel or two.
  8. Better still, sign up for the Summer Reading Program and dive into some binge-worthy series to hit your reading goal.
  9. Create the soundtrack for an awesome summer using Freegal or Hoopla — all you need is your library card.
  10. Record your own summer smash or music video purely for fun (and maybe a few laughs) at our Parker location’s Recording Studio.
  11. Explore all of the museums and attractions in our Adventure Pass — for free, using just your library card!
  12. Visit the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and feed a giraffe, at a discount! You might just get to see baby Rae.
  13. Come to the library and meet a bestselling author! C.J. Box (The Highway trilogy) visits Highlands Ranch on Wednesday, July 26, and Peter Heller (The Dog Stars, The Painter) stops by Parker on Friday, August 18.
  14. Do some stargazing on a warm summer night — you can check out binoculars for the occasion!
  15. Grow an herb garden. Here, some resources to dig into.
  16. Experience a real western rodeo in person. And you’re in luck, because the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo rides into town August 3-6 in Castle Rock. Giddyup!

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
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!