Love Notes to DCL

library-love-notesWe 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.”

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