Now Featuring: Game On!

Douglas County Libraries has games on the brain this month! Here is a selection of game-focused books, videos and streaming media to keep the fun going through the holidays. Want more? Check out this expanded list.

Games & Life for Adults

It’s All a Game

by Tristan Donovan
Renowned games expert Tristan Donovan opens the box on the incredible and often surprising history and psychology of board games, tracing the evolution of games across cultures, from the paranoid toy genius behind Operation and Mouse Trap to the role of Monopoly in helping prisoners of war escape the Nazis.

The Monopolists

by Mary Pilon
A humorous, engaging look at the history of board games, revealing a broader view into social history. This is a quick, enjoyable read that takes less time than a game of Monopoly.

The Queen of Katwe

by Tim Crothers
The astonishing true story of Phiona Mutesi, a teenager from the slums of Kampala, Uganda, who, inspired by an unlikely mentor (a war refugee-turned-missionary), became an international chess champion.

Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

by Stuart Brown
From a leading expert, a groundbreaking book on the science of play and its essential role in fueling our happiness and intelligence throughout our lives. Play is a biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. We are designed by nature to flourish through play.

Games & Ideas for Adults & Families

The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary

Did you know Scrabble allows 105 two-letter words? Find them, and more than 100,000 others, in this indispensable source of Scrabble words.

The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors

by Drew Daywalt
You’ve played the game, now read the legend of how it all began. Cheeky humor and goofy pictures will have kids and adults laughing out loud.

Balls on the Lawn: Games to Live By

by Brooks Butler Hays
The serious leisure aficionado knows that it doesn’t take much to transform a ho-hum afternoon into a truly memorable one — all it takes is just a few balls, some mallets, and maybe a horseshoe or two. This ode to classic outdoor games includes rules as well as appropriate accompanying cocktails!

Unbored Games: Serious Fun for Everyone

by Joshua Glenn
Looking for game ideas? This book has instructions and illustrations for more than 70 games — from outdoor fun to inside parlor contests to Google Earth challenges — plus ideas for making up your own games. Written in an irreverent, tongue-in-cheek (yet helpful!) style, this book is meant to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Play With Us: 100 Games From Around the World

by Oriol Ripoll
This collection of more than 100 games from around the world will keep kids busy having fun all year round. With clear instructions and fun illustrations, kids can learn about traditional games that can be played indoors and outdoors, alone or with a group, running the gamut from quiet board games to wild games of chase.

399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young

by Nancy Linde
Based on the science that shows that adults who solve word games and brainteasers have a significant cognitive advantage over those who do not, this book provides 399 fun games, puzzles and trivia challenges to stretch and cross-train your brain.

Digital Gaming

The Ultimate Indoor Games Book: The 200 Best Boredom Busters Ever! (e-book)

by Veronika Alice Gunter
Don’t let a rainy day get you down. This e-book is packed with ideas to harness your creativity and your energy and spend a fun afternoon learning new games, including scavenger hunts and push-popcorn-with-your-nose races!

Chess for Kids: How to Play & Win (e-book)

by Richard James
This is the perfect introduction to chess for children ages 7 and up. Using the characters of 7-year-old twins Alice and Sam, the book teaches the main moves and the concepts of check, checkmate and stalemate.

Mathematics of Games & Puzzles: From Cards to Sudoku (streaming video)

from The Great Courses
Take a mathematical approach to playing games and solving puzzles by learning about various games, from games of pure strategy (like chess), to games of pure luck (like many casino games), to games that mix strategy and luck (like blackjack, backgammon and poker). Improve your ability to play these games, and learn some interesting mathematics along the way.

Every Move Must Have a Purpose (streaming audio)

by Bruce Pandolfini (read by the author)
Fluid and elegant, yet rigorous and rule-bound, chess is a game that seduces, confounds and hooks. Now, world-renowned chess master and Fortune 500 business consultant Bruce Pandolfini tells listeners how chess principles can be simply and logically applied to any business or life situation.

Jumanji (DVD)

Rated PG
When Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn’t realize its unimaginable powers until he is magically transported into the untamed jungles of Jumanji! He remains there for 26 years, until he is freed from the game’s spell by two unsuspecting children. Now a grown man, Alan tries to outwit the game’s powerful forces.

Clue (DVD)

Rated PG
Who killed Mr. Boddy? Was it Colonel Mustard in the study with the gun? Miss Scarlet in the billiard room with the rope? Or was it Wadsworth the butler? Based on the popular board game.

Searching for Bobby Fischer (DVD)

Rated PG
Fred Waitzkin is a sportswriter who dreams his 7-year-old son, Josh, will grow up to play baseball. One day in the park with his mother, Josh displays more than talent; he has a gift. Sensing his son is a future champion, Fred places Josh under the tutelage of a strict chess teacher. But when Josh suddenly starts to lose, his parents must confront their own motivations, and recognize what Josh prizes more than winning: his family’s love.

Fun Is the Name of the Game at DCL

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is celebrating the positive power of play this month — we’re getting our Game On with game-inspired events and activities! You can also stop by your library to check out a Launch Pad game or play a pickup board game with friends.

Get your game on and play with DCL at any of these featured events happening around the district.

Highlands Ranch – James H. LaRue

International Game Day
Saturday, November 4
10AM-2PM
All ages
No registration required

Join the annual worldwide celebration of games, play, libraries, learning and FUN for the whole family.

Geeks Who Read Teen Trivia Night
Thursday, November 9
6:30-8PM
Teens
Registration is required

Join in a fun evening of trivia based on books and pop culture.

Play Chess!
Wednesday, November 8 & 29
7-9PM
All ages
No registration required

Drop in and learn to play chess or improve your game with the Highlands Ranch Chess Club.

 

DID YOU KNOW?
One of the earliest-known board games, the royal game of Ur, dates back to 2600 B.C. and eventually evolved into backgammon.

 

Parker

After-Hours Arcade
Friday, November 3
7-9PM
Teens/adults
Registration is required

It’s game night at the library! Bring a friend and play video games, life-size Jenga, cards and board games — refreshments provided.

 

DID YOU KNOW?
Scrabble permits 105 two-letter word combinations.

 

Castle Pines

Geeks Who Read
Friday, November 3
5:30-7PM
Ages 12-18
Registration is required

Express your inner (or outer) book nerd! Teams will answer questions about books, movies, music, and pop culture while snacking on pizza and root-beer floats. Prizes and glory go to the winning team!

Family Game Night: Board Games
Sunday, November 5
3-5PM
All ages
No registration required

Bring your prized board game or learn a new favorite!

 

DID YOU KNOW?
It took Erno Rubik, of Rubik’s Cube fame, almost a month to solve his cube.

 

Lone Tree

Minute to Win It
Tuesday, November 21
3-4PM
Ages 11-18
Registration is required

Can you win it in a minute? Join us for an afternoon of 60-second games and find out! Bragging rights and a ridiculous trophy awarded.

 

DID YOU KNOW?
Nintendo created Super Mario by accident, when the company was unable to license the rights to Popeye.

 

Castle Rock – Philip S. Miller

Geeks Who Read Teen Trivia Night
Thursday, November 16
7-8:30PM
Teens
Registration is required

Express your inner geek and test your knowledge of books and pop culture at this fun evening of exciting trivia.

Game Club
Sunday, November 5
12-5PM
Teens/adults
No registration required

Drop in and join this new group for role-playing, strategic and board gaming. Bring your own or play those available.

Chess Club
Mondays, 6-8:30PM
All ages
No registration required

Drop in and play chess with local enthusiasts. All skill levels are welcome!

 

DID YOU KNOW?
The number of permutations within a deck of cards is mind-bogglingly large: 8 times 1,067 (or an 8 with 67 zeroes after it). That means there are more card combinations than stars in the Milky Way, which amounts to as many as 400 billion.

 

Roxborough

BINGO!
Saturday, November 18
2-4PM
All ages
Registration is required

Bring the whole family for some old-fashioned fun with a classic game of bingo. Win prizes and enjoy snacks.

Life-Size Game Day
Sunday, November 19
2-4PM
All ages
No registration required

Drop in and enjoy your favorite games on a crazy-big scale!

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Events Around Douglas County

halloween-jack-o-laternsIt’s time for frights and confectionary delights! Douglas County’s little ghosts and goblins will love celebrating Halloween at these events.

 

FALL FESTIVALS

Family Fall Fest (Parker)

October 24; free

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The whole family can have fun with enchanted Storytimes, boo-tacular games, spooky crafts, and tasty treats at this annual autumn festival!

Harvest Festival (Castle Rock)

October 28; free

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The perfect autumn setting for making wonderful memories with family and friends. The food is rich, the drinks are warm, and the beer is crisp.

 

SPOOKY ACTIVITIES

Paranormal Investigation (Lone Tree)

October 19; free

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A team of paranormal investigators will share true ghost stories from around our area, as well as tips and tricks for investigating the paranormal.

Zombie FX (Parker)

October 26; free

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Learn makeup tricks and techniques for transforming yourself into a zombie or other ghoulish monster.

Haunted Douglas County (Castle Rock, Louviers, Castle Pines)

October 17, 24 & 29; free

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Shaun Boyd from the DCHRC shares the real-life creepy tales of our area that will send shivers up and down your spine!

 

HAUNTED HOUSES

Castle of Terror (Castle Rock)

October 20, 21, 27 & 28; $10-20

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Castle Rock’s most frightening haunted house features the Bearded Lady, Werewolf Boy, Medusa and other terrifying characters! Hosted by the Castle Rock Fire Department, all proceeds from this event benefit the Fire and Police Explorers.

Reaper’s Hollow (Parker) 

October 20, 21, 27, 28 & 31; $20

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Are you brave enough to enter the shack at Reaper’s Hollow and survive an over half-mile trek through a ghoulish cornfield and the terrifying woods?

Haunted Forest (Highlands Ranch)

October 20 & 21; $13

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The gates of the Haunted Forest are open for two nights only, where nightmares lurk behind every tree and bush!

 

TRICK-OR-TREAT

Wicked Wednesday (Castle Rock)

October 25; free

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Before All Hallows’ Eve, take your Halloween costumes out for a test run at the Wicked Wednesday Halloween Party at the Outlets at Castle Rock! This kid-friendly evening will include face painting, a holiday magic show by Keir Royale, a costume contest, all-center trick-or-treating, and more.

Trick-or-Treat Street (Highlands Ranch)

October 28; $2

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Kids 12 and under are invited to put on costumes, grab their trick-or-treat bags, and join the fun at Trick-or-Treat Street! Local businesses provide treats for all the little ghosts and goblins.

Trick-or-Treat on Mainstreet (Parker)

October 31; free

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All your little ghouls, ghosts, goblins, princesses, superheroes and anyone else can celebrate Halloween in downtown Parker. Local businesses will line the street, providing a fun and safe place for kids of all ages to trick or treat.

 

Once Upon a Time … At Your Library

Author Neil Gaiman said, “Fairy tales are more than true, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” And at Douglas County Libraries (DCL), we agree!

During the month of October, DCL is featuring fairy tale-themed events to celebrate the vanquishing of dragons and the magic of storytelling. Join us at one of these featured events around the district!

 

Castle Rock – Philip S. Miller

Once Upon a Festival of Fairies, Fables & Folktales
Saturday, October 14
11AM-3PM
All ages
Registration is required

Celebrate a love of magic and storytelling with a festival of fairies, fables and folktales! Dress up and enter enchanted realms full of live music, jousting, crafts and more.

Haunted Douglas County
Tuesday, October 17
6:30-8:30PM
Adults & teens
Registration is required

Shaun Boyd from the Douglas County History Research Center will recount real-life creepy tales of DoCo that will send shivers up and down your spine!

Parker

LEGO Movie Maker
Saturday, October 21
1-2PM & 3-4PM
Ages 8 & up
Registration for either session is required

Create a fairy tale-inspired stop action movie with LEGOs.

Family Fall Fest
Tuesday, October 24
6-7:30PM
All ages
No registration required

This autumn tradition for the whole family combines enchanted Storytimes, spook-tacular games, crafts, and tasty treats.

Halloween Films & Faces
Thursday, October 26
6-8PM
All Ages

Registration required for make-up sessions at 6PM and 6:30PM.

Lone Tree

Fall Fun Night
Thursday, October 5
6-8PM
All ages
No registration required

Have big fun at the library with life-size games, a kids’ carnival, dance party, and a special Storytime at 7PM. Costumes are encouraged!

Slick Science
Friday, October 13
3-4PM
Ages 9-11
Registration is required

Explore the science of engineering by helping the Three Little Pigs build their homes!

Castle Pines

Stuffed Animal Taxidermy
Friday, October 13
1:30-3PM
Ages 8-13
Registration is required

Choose a beloved stuffed animal to memorialize and proudly display!

Hogwarts House Party
Saturday, October 28
2-4PM
All ages
Registration is required

Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter books! Let the Sorting Hat assign you a house, compete alongside your friends in a trivia challenge for the House Championship, and enjoy crafts, snacks and games.

Haunted Douglas County
Sunday, October 29
5:30-7PM
Adults
Registration is required

Discover all the spooky stories in your neighborhood, presented by Shaun Boyd of the Douglas County History Research Center and her ghost-hunting team.

Roxborough

Ghostbusters Double Feature
Friday, October 6
5-9:30PM
All ages
Registration is required

Watch a double feature of the classic 1984 film at 5PM and then the 2016 remake at 7:30PM. Wear comfy clothes and dig into some popcorn at the library!

Fairy Tale Murder Mystery
Friday, October 13
6-8PM
Ages 12-18
Registration is required

A classic whodunit with a fantastical twist! Join your friends in the land of fairy tales to solve this interactive mystery.

Louviers

Haunted Douglas County
Tuesday, October 24
6:30-8:30PM
Adults
Registration is required

Shaun Boyd from the Douglas County History Research Center will share the real-life creepy tales of DoCo that will send shivers up and down your spine!

Highlands Ranch – James H. LaRue

Ready-to-Read Workshop
Saturday, October 28
10:15-11AM
Adults
Registration is required

Prepare your child for reading! You’ll discover picture books that are perfect for reading aloud to babies, toddlers and preschoolers while your children attend Storytime. When they return, you can work on a fall craft.

 

 

Fairy Tales & More

Douglas County Libraries is celebrating fairy tales, folklore and fables this month! Check out some of these enchanting reads.

YA Fiction

Heartless

by Marissa Meyer
“Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.” The author who brought us the Lunar Chronicles takes on the origin story of the Queen of Hearts in this YA novel. Like any good Wonderland story, there’s madness, magic, monsters — and fate.

Hunted

by Meagan Spooner
Hunted stays true to the more original tale of Beauty and the Beast. Some not-so-great sisters, a loss of their father’s fortune and accompanying social status, an enchanted forest, a creeping obsession, and an overall Russian influence make for a haunting, complex and picturesque retelling.

Tiger Lily

by Jodi Lynn Anderson
“Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair…” This coming-of-age story is told from Tinkerbell’s perspective, complete with the growing pains that come with budding romance, friendships and goodbyes, and set in a beautifully fearsome Neverland.

A Court of Thorns & Roses

by Sarah J. Maas
“Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from stories, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. As her feelings toward him transform from hostility to a fiery passion, the threats against the faerie lands grow. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse or she will lose Tamlin forever.” The author of the high fantasy Throne of Glass series gives a faerie twist on Beauty and the Beast in this captivating read.

Geekerella

by Ashley Poston
Replace an idyllic kingdom with a passionate fandom, swap the royal ball for cosplay and conventions, substitute Prince Charming for a celebrity teen heartthrob and you have Geekerella, a delightful retelling of the classic fairy tale set in modern day. This is a must-read for nerds everywhere.

A Wicked Thing

by Rhiannon Thomas
After awakening, Aurora finds that her “true love” is really a nice stranger, her time asleep made her a target for use as a political pawn, and everyone she knew is long dead. Picking up where the fairy tale leaves off, A Wicked Thing answers the question: “What happens after happily ever after?”

Adult Fiction

The Bear and the Nightingale

by Katherine Arden
This Russian-style novel is steeped in magic, winter and occasional darkness.

The Noble Servant

by Melanie Dickerson
This novel is set in medieval times and is based on the fairy tale The Goose Girl. Robbed of her identity by a servant on her way to marry the Duke of Wolfberg, Magdalen is left to tend geese in a town where nobody knows who she really is, and she has no way of proving her identity — until she meets a fellow shepherd.

Practical Magic

by Alice Hoffman
Hoffman has written several novels sprinkled with magic that have been called fairy tales for adults. This book spawned both a 1998 movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman and the upcoming prequel titled The Rules of Magic.

Enchantment

by Orson Scott Card
Ivan stumbled across a beautiful, sleeping princess in a Carpathian forest as a child. He was scared away by a malevolent presence, but has never been able to get over it. Even though life took him to a graduate program in America, he is compelled to return to that forest as an adult. The well-known author of Ender’s Game spins a story influenced by Sleeping Beauty and Russian myth with this novel.

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

by Genevieve Valentine
Twelve Dancing Princesses is given a delicious Jazz Age revamp, where princesses are flappers and princes bootleggers.

Nonfiction

Usborne Illustrated Grimm’s Fairy Tales & Usborne Illustrated Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales

Usborne has collected a sampling of both of these authors’ works, making the original fairy tales accessible for children.

The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales

by Maria Tatar
If you want a comprehensive approach to all the great fairy tales, presented by an expert academic on folklore and fairy tales, this is the book for you.

Books to Fuel Renewal

Douglas County Libraries is celebrating the spirit of renewal throughout September. Check out these books for ways to fuel your personal renewal, sustainability, and intentional living.

Recycled Chic

by Amanda McKittrick
Take a creative plunge and explore the possibilities for refashioning your wardrobe with these unique, yet simple projects.

Live Happy: Ten Practices for Choosing Joy

by Deborah K. Heisz
This book offers an eye-opening shift of perspective on the secret of authentic happiness and how surprisingly simple, everyday acts lead to lifelong joy and fulfillment. Organized around the key components of a happy life, from gratitude to attitude and play to purpose, Live Happy brings together illuminating real-life happiness stories, eye-opening examinations on the science of happiness, and simple and inspiring everyday “happy acts” to empower readers to achieve big happiness breakthroughs.

Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, & Eliminate Negative Thinking

by Barrie Davenport
Feeling overwhelmed by negative thoughts? Struggling with anxiety about daily tasks? Worried about life? The truth is, we all experience the occasional negative thought. But if you always feel overwhelmed, then you need to closely examine how these thoughts are negatively impacting your lifestyle. The mindfulness techniques in this book can help provide the clarity that leads to happiness.

Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body

by Kate Hudson
A beautiful, insightful and personal look at health from the inside out. , an authentic plan for an authentic life from a woman who truly lives what she speaksAn ancient Chinese proverb says that if you want to change your life, you must move things in your home.

The Mindful Home: The Secrets to Making Your Home a Place of Harmony, Beauty, Wisdom & True Happiness

by Craig Hassed
Home is where the qualities that we equate with “good” itself live: true happiness, peace, beauty, wisdom and inspiration. It is also where you can find the good things in life, such as harmony, relationships, health and wealth. So how are we to find our core and create a home that reminds us of the qualities associated with it? That is where the practice of mindfulness comes in.

Fundamentals of Sustainable Living

If you take your own reusable grocery bag to the supermarket or buy green products, you’re already engaging in sustainable living practices. Stream this video (it’s not a book) to learn about other steps you could be taking to make an impact and save money.

The Beeswax Workshop

by Chris Dalziel

Making all kinds of amazing, all-natural stuff out of beeswax is easy and fun. Packed with over 100 step-by-step recipes, Beeswax Workshop shows you how to make beautiful gifts, household cleaners, beauty supplies, and so much more.

The Good Living Guide to Beekeeping

by Dede Cummings
In recent years, there has been a surge of folks struck with the desire to build and nurture beehives of their own. This book is for beginners and experts alike, with all the basic information you need to get started, as well as stories and tips that will inspire and instruct the most seasoned beekeeper.

Sustainability Made Simple: Small Changes for Big Impact

by Rosaly Byrd
This introduction to sustainability and sustainable living explores the relationship between everyday life and the intricate global environmental issues of today, including air and water pollution, deforestation, and climate change.

Relax & Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times

by Judith Lasater
Experience the rest of your life with restorative yoga, the supported poses, and breathing practices that will help you heal the effects of chronic stress.

 

Renew! With Douglas County Libraries

 

Looking for ways to relax, learn a new craft, find a new hobby, or renew your lifestyle? Check out Douglas County Libraries (DCL) in September. We’re hosting a variety of events at our locations around the district that focus on renewal, sustainability and living intentionally. Learn more or register today!

Castle Pines

Feel Good, Look Good, for Life With Author Angela Gaffney
Friday, September 8
6-8PM
Adults
Registration is required

After surviving a personal health crisis that nearly took her life, author Angela Gaffney is sharing her life-changing strategies for thriving and living your best life, with tips from her book Feel Good, Look Good, for Life.

Over the Mountain & Through the Woods
Saturday, September 9
11AM-1PM
Adults
Registration is required

Thinking of exploring Colorado’s trails or climbing a 14er? Get important tips from experienced hikers.

Learn Embroidery
Saturday, September 23
2-3PM
All ages
Registration is required

Looking for a new hobby? Learn the art of embroidery and gain the skills to make your own design.

Castle Rock – Philip S. Miller

Sustaining You & Your Community
Saturday, September 23
10AM-4PM
Adults
No registration required

Experience adult Hula Hoop, Zumba, guided meditation, yoga and tai chi, and hear about water conservation from special guests, followed by a Q&A session.

Relax-ability
Friday, September 29
2-3:30PM
Adults
Registration is required

Learn techniques for de-stressing, and make your own relaxation products like bath bombs and sugar scrubs.

Lone Tree

Growing Garlic
Saturday, September 23
2:30-3:30PM
Adults
Registration is required

Learn about planting and harvesting this beneficial plant (it’s easy!) and take one home for your own garden.

Parker

Active Minds Presents: Coffee, a History
Monday, September 18
6:30-7:30PM
Adults
Registration is required

Relax, and indulge in tasting and learning about coffee with Active Minds.

Composting With Worms
Saturday, September 23
2-3PM
Ages 6 & up
Registration is required

Kids can learn the ins and outs of composting with worms.

Healthy Snacks
Saturday, September 30
10AM-12PM
Registration is required

Families can learn together about healthy snacking and assemble healthy snacks for everyone in the family.

Roxborough

Restore Through Mindfulness
Sunday, September 17
2-3:30PM
Adults
Registration is required

Learn to use mindfulness and meditation to be more present, aware, responsive and calm, presented by Gregory Weeks, a seasoned meditation teacher and graduate of the contemplative psychology program at Naropa University in Boulder.

Costumes in Your Closet
Sunday, September 24
1-3PM
All ages
Registration is required

Learn to make cool costumes from clothing and thrifty items you already own — just in time for Halloween!

Active Minds Presents: Spices
Monday, September 25
6:30-8PM
Adults
Registration is required

Add spice to your life as Active Minds traces the rise of spices from colonialism and the spice trade to the varieties we love at grocery stores today.

Reuse Your T-Shirts
Saturday, September 30
2-3:30PM
All ages
Registration is required

Upcycle those old tees to make scarves, pet toys, bags, rugs and more!

The Most Loved & Hated Required Reading in Douglas County

Classic BooksIn the spirit of Back to School, we asked our Facebook fans for their most loved and most reviled required reads. The loves were far more diverse with 69 different titles compared to only 63 titles on the loathed list. Often someone’s favorite was another person’s least favorite; 22 titles appeared on both the loved and loathed lists. In fact, all of the books in the top-fives listed below appeared on both lists. The sign of great literature is how many emotions a book evokes. As Edmund Wilson once said, “No two persons ever read the same book.”

 

Here are Douglas County’s favorites:

These are Douglas County’s least favorite:

To see the full list of Douglas County’s favorites, go here.

To see the full list of Douglas County’s least favorites, go here.

 

What do you think? Is your most loved and most hated book from your school days listed above? Tell us yours in the comments.

New Ideas for Your Kids’ Lunch Bag

Looking for some new ideas for your child’s lunch box? Here’s a great list of cookbooks to check out to step up your lunch game. They include a wide variety of options, from inventive sandwiches to cute bento boxes. Here’s a delicious sandwich and easy mason jar salad to use this week:

 

Saucisson & Cornichon from The Little Book of Lunch 

  • 2 slices of multigrain bread
  • soft butter
  • 2-inch pieces of saucisson (dried salami)
  • 1 tbsp of cornichons

Butter bread slices. Slice cornichons and place on one slice of bread. Place saucisson slices on other side. Wrap in foil.

 

 

 

Barley & Kale Salad from Mason Jar Salads

  • 1 cup water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 3 tablespoons White Wine Vinaigrette (see below)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup quartered cucumber
  • 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 cups roughly chopped kale
  • 1 quart-size Mason jar

Pour water into a saucepan over high heat, add pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Add the barley, reduce the temperature, and simmer, covered, for 10-12 minutes, or until the water has evaporated. Set aside and let cool while you prepare the rest of the salad.

Pour vinaigrette into the Mason jar. Add layers of diced onion, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, 1 cup of the cooked barley, and red bell pepper. Fill the rest of the jar with kale. Seal and refrigerate until ready to use.

White Wine Vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • pinch of salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Whisk together vinegar, salt and pepper. Slowly add the olive oil, whisking until thickened.

Learning Resources & Support at DCL

Douglas County kids are heading back to school for another year of learning! Whether you have children just starting kindergarten, moving into middle school, or heading to high school, Douglas County Libraries has a variety of tools and resources to help all students grow and excel academically.

Learning-Centered Tools & Services

  • DCL’s Bark for Books and Reading Buddies programs help budding and struggling readers gain confidence and skills.
  • Live online tutoring from expert tutors and homework help are available for free through Brainfuse, which also offers writing and language labs, test preparation, and a 24/7 question center.
  • Find the right books to match your child’s reading level and foster growth through AR BookFinder and Scholastic’s BookWizard.
  • Tech tutoring can help with technology subjects like basic internet use, tablets, popular software basics, and more.

Research Resources

Students can access a variety of information online from respected newspapers, magazines, journals and educational materials through popular research resources like:

  • Brainfuse – Homework help and tutoring for students of all ages and learning levels.
  • World Almanac for Kids – Grade-appropriate content on a variety of topics.
  • Facts on File – A research portal for a variety of history resources.
  • CultureGrams – Cultural and geographical information.
  • EBSCO – A collection of database resources with access to comprehensive information.
  • American History Online – More than 500 years of American history.
  • Brittanica – Targeted search levels for children and adults.
  • And many more!

Other Resources

  • Private study rooms can be reserved with your library card at our Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker and Roxborough locations.
  • The Recording Studio at our Parker location includes state-of-the-art software and equipment you can use to create videos, musical compositions, animations, and much more for top-notch classroom projects. Reserve the Recording Studio using your library card.
  • The Douglas County History Research Center is a great resource for researching local historical information and events. Visit the DCHRC in person at our Castle Rock location or online.
  • Teens 14 and older can volunteer at DCL to earn community service credit toward graduation requirements. Check out VolunteerConnectDC.org and search on Douglas County Libraries to find the volunteer opportunity that’s right for you!

Looking for more? Stop by and ask us! We’ll help you find the materials and resources you need.