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!


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