5 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo


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
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
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!



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.



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


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.

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Douglas County

Celebrate the environment by participating in one of these great local events. Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day

  • Learn what trees are best-suited for the Colorado climate.

Shrubs and Trees of Colorado: Right Plant, Right Place
Douglas County Libraries (Highlands Ranch)
Saturday, April 22, at 11AM

A Douglas County Extension Service Master Gardener will talk about selecting the best shrubs for your yard and how to care for them. Free serviceberry seedlings will be given to registered participants.

Register now!

  • Learn about xeriscaping and how to implement it in your yard.

The Principles of Xeriscape
Douglas County Libraries (Castle Pines)
Thursday, April 27, at 10AM

A six-part series taught by Craig Miller with Castle Pines North. Xeriscaping offers a way to have beautiful, livable landscapes without excess water use, and all good xeriscapes begin with a good design. Learn the basics of xeric yard and garden design in this instructive class.

Register now!

  • Shred old documents.

2017 Earth Day Shred-A-Thon
West Parking Lot
7901 Southpark Plaza, Littleton, CO 80120
Saturday, April 22, at 10AM 

Help your local boy scout troop fulfill their service project for Earth Day by bringing old paperwork and documents for on-site shredding.

Find out more here.

  • Teach your kids about plants.

I’m Diggin’ My Doug: Planting Home Gardens in Douglas County
Douglas County Libraries (Castle Rock)
Saturday, April 22, at 1PM

Students will learn how to plant a seed and care for their plant from seedling to harvest. Their experience will include singing, yoga poses that relate to the environment, tasting, and smelling and feeling different types of plants and soil. The children will take their newly planted seed home, along with instructions on how to care for their new plant. (Workshop via Douglas County Conservation District. This is not a Douglas County Libraries event).

Find out more here.

  • Party for the planet.

Family Fun Day
CU South Denver
Saturday, April 22, at 10AM

CU South Denver is celebrating Earth Day with special activities at its museum. Be prepared to get a little dirty planting seeds, making art with recycled materials, playing music, dissecting plants under microscopes, looking for birds and bunnies, and making discoveries about the diversity of life on Earth. (Activities are included in museum admission.)

Find out more here.

Egg-Cellent Easter Fun

Celebrate Easter family style with these colorful craft projects and at free community events.

Kids Crafts


Easter Egg Art

String these colorful eggs together for festive holiday decor.
Materials needed: Mixed media (or watercolor) paper, pencil, school glue, black acrylic paint, watercolors (or liquid watercolors), paint brush

Spring Chicks Egg Carton Craft

Reuse and recycle to create these adorable chicks.
Materials needed: Egg carton, acrylic paint in your choice of colors, paint brushes, glue, scissors, black marker, construction paper

Popsicle Stick Baby Chick

This springtime craft is great for children of all ages.
Materials needed: Jumbo popsicle sticks (three per baby chick), white school glue, yellow/orange card stock, yellow decorative scrapbook paper, yellow paint, paint brushes, paper plate, scissors, black marker


Easy Paper Bunny Craft

String these bunnies together to make an Easter-themed garland.
Materials needed: Pastel blue and pink construction paper, scissors or paper trimmer, wiggle eye stickers, glue, white paper, black marker

Family Events

Castle Rock

Easter Bunny Breakfast
Friday, April 14
The Outlets at Castle Rock (Food Court)
All ages

Enjoy entertainment and a free pancake breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Fun (and filling) for the whole family!

Highlands Ranch

Humpty Dumpty Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 15
Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue
Ages 2-6; no registration required

Drop in to the children’s room with your youngsters, pick up a basket, and hunt for special eggs! Then, redeem your collected eggs for fun sticker prizes.

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 15
Northridge Park
Ages 1-11

Bring your basket to collect eggs and other goodies at the park. And don’t miss a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Great family event! Parking is limited, so plan accordingly. Event is held outside — rain, snow or shine.


O’Brien Park Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 15
Hunt Times: Ages 0-3, 10:15AM; 4-6, 10:40AM; 7 & older, 11AM
O’Brien Park

Bring the family to the biggest Easter egg hunt in Parker! Collect Easter eggs, enjoy snacks, have fun with balloon animals, and visit with the Bunny himself.

CreativeU at Douglas County Libraries


Looking for ways to get inspired, learn a new craft, find a new hobby, relax and make beautiful music? Time to take a break from the daily grind and get creative. During the month of April, Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is offering many events to help you get in touch with the arts and express your creative side.

Here are some of the events you’ll find at different branches across the district.



Lone Tree

Instrument Zoo
Saturday, April 1
No registration required

Kids can get their hands on a variety of musical instruments and experiment, courtesy of Swallow Hill Music. Ukuleles will be available for checkout after the event!

Kids’ Karaoke
Wednesday, April 12

Kids ages 6-12 can sing karaoke-style to some of their favorite Disney hits! Karaoke machines will be available for checkout after the program.

Cultural Arts Fair
Saturday, April 22

Grab a library “passport” and collect stamps by visiting different cultural exhibits around the library. Enjoy a variety of ethnic music and art, as well as “street food” (for purchase) inspired from global cuisines via a mobile eatery. Great for all ages!

Ships of the Sea
Saturday, April 29

Sunday, April 30

Set sail on learning about pirates, passages and ships throughout the ages. A great family event!

Ships of the Sea: Build Your Own Model Ship
Saturday, April 29
12-1:30PM: Register
2-3:30PM: Register

Kids 6-12 can build their own model ships with Rocky Mountain Shipwrights.

Castle Pines

Explore the Art of Improv
Tuesday, April 4, 4:30-5:30PM, Ages 8-12: Register
Tuesday, April 4, 6-7PM, Teens & Adults: Register

Whose line is it anyway? Yours! Jump out of your comfort zone and explore your inner silliness with this improv workshop taught by a certified theater instructor.

Explore the Art of Writing
Thursday, April 6

Thursday, April 13

Teens, grab your notebooks and pens and explore the art of writing with bestselling YA novelist Jessica Brody. Part one of this three-part series is already full, so register today to reserve your seat at one or both of these two sessions, which cover writing memorable settings and exciting plots. Brody’s books will also be sold at the event.

Explore Mehndi: The Delicate Art of Henna
Monday, April 17

Mehndi is the ancient art of adorning one’s skin with henna. Learn the history and techniques of applying henna, and adorn yourself with a beautiful henna design. Great for all ages!

Coloring Inside the Pines
Sunday, April 23

Enjoy adult coloring, community, conversation and snacks. Good for the mind and soul. Adults.


The Art of Spinning & Weaving
Monday, April 3

Kids 6-12 can explore spinning, weaving, and all things yarn through a hands-on presentation by Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild.

Hobby Speed Dating
Wednesday, April 5

Looking for a new hobby but not sure what fits? Teens and adults can spend an evening speed dating hobbies! Knitting, candy making, and other fun and interesting activities will be included.

Art Works With Clyfford Still
Tuesday, April 18

Learn about the artist behind the Clyfford Still Museum and create your own masterpiece in a professionally guided workshop. Adults.

Masters of Disguise
Saturday, April 29

Want to cosplay? Teens and adults can prep for cosplaying and costume making, learning tips and tricks from local experts.

Castle Rock – Philip S. Miller

Teen Photography Contest
Accepting Entries Through Wednesday, April 5!
Judging: Thursday, April 6-Sunday, April 30

Teens, enter your best photos through April 5 (see Teen Photo Contest Is Back for more info and rules). Judging begins April 6. All are invited to vote for your favorite images in the library and online!

Express Yourself Through Painting
Friday, April 28

Learn to paint — yes, even you can learn! A local artist will show you how. Adults.

Celebramos el Dia!
Sunday, April 30

Kids celebrate and explore diverse cultures and heritages through crafts, stories, dancing and more!


Express Your Creativity

Give yourself a creative spark all month long with these books and some surprising new items available for checkout at Douglas County Libraries (DCL).


Dyeing to Spin & Knit

by Felicia Lo
Fiber enthusiasts, get ready to be inspired. Fiber artists will learn the fundamentals of how color works, how to combine and coordinate colors, and how to control the results when dyeing wool and silk yarns and fibers. Spinners will learn how to subdue intense and bright colorways or prevent muddiness in handspun. Knitters will gain the knowledge to avoid or maximize the effects of pooling. Ignite your love of color — unapologetically! Looms and spinning wheels are available for checkout at DCL.


Play Ukulele Today! Starter Pack

by Barrett Tagliarino
Want to play the uke? Then this is the book for you! This complete guide to the basics contains everything you need to get started on the ukulele. It covers: songs, chords and melodies; picking, fingerpicking and strumming; playing tips and techniques; standard notation and tablature; and much more. Over 150 songs and examples are included. Have fun as you open the door to the world of ukulele! Check out a ukulele from DCL.


30-Minute Sewing

by Heather Love
Don’t have tons of time? No worries! In just 30 minutes you can use the instructions provided to create fun fashion, home accents, and hair accessories. Sewing machines are available for checkout, too!


Sewing Happiness

by Sanae Ishida
Sew your way to happiness. Twenty simple sewing projects are tied together with a thread of memoir that tells the story of how sewing brought the author profound happiness. Each seasonal project, specially designed to promote health, creativity, relationships and more, provides gentle inspiration to live your best life. Check out a sewing machine!


Tapestry Weaving

by Kirsten Glasbrook
Learn many techniques for weaving tapestries with these helpful step-by-step instructions. The book is great for beginners. Inspirational pictures of beautiful tapestries will inspire your creativity. DCL offers looms for checkout.


Epic Cosplay Costumes

by Kristie Good
If you are interested in cosplay or are just getting into cosplay, check out this book for some great ideas and designs. Presented in a kitschy, comic-book style, the book combines fantabulous illustrations with all the how-to information you need for creating your own cosplay designs. Whether you’re a hero, heroine, villain or sidekick, the author gives you the power to create the most talked-about designs!


Bold Expressive Painting

by Annie O’Brien Gonzales
Boldly go forth and paint! Learn tips and tricks on how to be expressive and embrace your creativity, whether using acrylics or oils. Break from tradition and learn to paint in a bold and modern way.


Leap Write In!

by Karen Benke
Practice your creative writing with these imaginative writing exercises and make your story known.


Teach Yourself Visually: Quilting

by Sonja Hakala
Check out this book to easily begin quilting, as it visually takes you through the steps of quilting. It’s amazing what you can do with two pieces of fabric and a layer of batting — the variety of quilts and quilting techniques is staggering. This guide introduces you to the essential skills you need to set off on your own quilting adventures. It walks you through everything from selecting fabrics to assembling blocks to binding the edges.


The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting

by Margaret Hubert
Grab your needles and get ready to knit your heart out. Looking for the perfect beginner’s book on knitting? This is it! This stitch guide is the ultimate knitting reference. A comprehensive how-to book about all aspects of knitting, you’ll be making scarves, hats, socks, mittens, sweaters, and other projects in no time!


Homemade Modern

by Ben Uyeda
Save money and still have a modern, stylish home with these home projects.


Paper Craft

by Jemma Fletcher
This easy visual guide will show you how to make beautiful handmade paper crafts that are great for gifts, cards, framed art, and more. The sky is the limit!


Crafting With Wood Pallets

by Becky Lamb
Upcycle with wood pallets to create unique décor and furniture for your home.


The Art of Mindful Origami

by Richard Chambers
Tackle two birds with one stone through the guidance in this book: Take a break to practice mindfulness, and make beautiful pieces of origami.


Crafting With Nature

by Amy Renea
Take a walk outside, enjoy a natural treasure hunt in beautiful Colorado surroundings, and then craft with nature. A beautiful and practical step-by-step guide to growing and gathering plants and using them to fill your life and home with natural homemade creations. The book offers an incredible collection of easy projects that use natural materials you can gather or grow and form into beautiful and useful crafts.


Knitting Mochimochi

by Anna Hrachovec
Learn how to make these super-cute characters that are very popular in Japan. They make great toys and gifts. And who doesn’t love toys? They make you smile, give you something to squeeze and hug, and even keep you company on the couch while watching TV. But could the toy be a couch, or an old-fashioned television? Is that too weird? Not if the toy is mochimochi, the strange knitted toys the author created after falling in love with the bizarre character designs that are popular in Japan.

Fun for the Family!


Sewing School

by Amie Petronis Plumley

Kid-friendly projects for learning and practicing sewing, no machine needed. These kid-tested projects require only minimal supervision and most can be made using simple hand stitches, so no sewing machine is required. The book helps little sewers develop their skills while sparking a passion that will last a lifetime.


Art Lab for Kids

by Susan Schwake
This book presents art lessons for art projects of varying styles, including drawing, printmaking, and mixed media. Master the art world with these quick and easy lessons.


Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop

by Susan B. Anderson
Kids can start knitting right away using this easy beginner’s guide. This accessible introduction to knitting in the round includes easy-to-follow illustrated tutorials on techniques from casting on and binding off to joining colors to make stripes, and 17 progressively challenging knitting projects. Step-by-step text and photos that kids can read and follow on their own make it easy for kids to knit independently in no time!

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!