Category: Renew

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
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
Registration is required

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

Learn Embroidery
Saturday, September 23
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
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.

Friday, September 29
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
Registration is required

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


Active Minds Presents: Coffee, a History
Monday, September 18
Registration is required

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

Composting With Worms
Saturday, September 23
Ages 6 & up
Registration is required

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

Healthy Snacks
Saturday, September 30
Registration is required

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


Restore Through Mindfulness
Sunday, September 17
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
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
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
All ages
Registration is required

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