Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions!


The new year is here, which means it’s an opportune time to wipe the proverbially slate clean and start fresh. 2017 is so last year — it’s time for brand-new resolutions, and maybe even a few bookish ones.

You make ‘em, and DCL can help you stick to them! 2018 is going to be a piece of cake (or whole-grain deliciousness, depending on the resolution).

Resolutions That Stick!

Resolution: Save money, but still enjoy life.
Stick to It: Let’s count the ways DCL can help you save money using just your library card:

  1. Check out DCL Local for great deals and discounts at area shops and restaurants.
  2. Get free passes to local museums and cultural attractions with Adventure Pass.
  3. Watch the best movies by conveniently downloading or streaming them to your device via Hoopla. Cost to you: $0.
  4. Read the newest books coming out, or the classics you’ve been meaning to get to. You can easily stream or download books for free using OverDrive and Hoopla.
  5. Go ahead and splurge on that new gadget you’ve been eyeing, but do your research first at Consumer Reports to get the best deal.
  6. Get fit without the expense of special classes. Hoopla offers a variety of health and fitness videos you can stream or download for free.

Resolution: Learn some skills, or at least some new ones!
Stick to It: makes it easy to brush up on skills, learn new ones, or just polish the old resume. All you need is your library card number.

Resolution: Read more, and maybe read something a little different.
Stick to It: We’ve got a Reading Challenge for you! Or you can join one of the many book clubs that meet at our libraries.

Resolution: Help my child become a stronger reader.
Stick to It: Struggling readers can gain reading skills and confidence through DCL’s Bark for Books and Reading Buddies programs.

  • Bark for Books allows kids to read out loud to trained dogs in a relaxed setting, with no judgement from classmates or parents. This kind of practice helps improve reading skills and build confidence.
  • The Reading Buddies program pairs kids ages 6-9 with trained teen volunteers for reading practice and literacy-based games.

Resolution: Cook healthy meals.
Stick to It: A new year calls for new recipes. Check out these cookbooks for healthy eating.

Resolution: Learn a new language.
Stick to It: Get started with Mango Languages via the Research page on this website. Learning with Mango is easier than you think, and you can do it from the comfort of home, the coffee shop, or even the airport. All you need is your library card number.

Sticking to your resolutions can make for a much happier new year. Here’s to that!




DCL’s Most Popular Checkouts in 2017

Wondering what your Douglas County neighbors were reading, watching and listening to in 2017? Wonder no more! These are the year’s top checkouts.

Adult Fiction

It’s safe to say Douglas County readers love twists and turns, and thrills and chills. Topping the adult fiction checkouts in 2017 were Camino Island and The Whistler by John Grisham, followed by David Baldacci’s The Fix, Michael Connelly’s The Wrong Side of Goodbye, and C.J. Box’s Vicious Circle.

Want more? View the expanded list of top adult fiction checkouts here.

Adult Nonfiction

Life-changing stories topped the list of popular nonfiction in 2017. And yes, we’re still trying to get organized! The top five included The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines; Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly; The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo; Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg; and The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story by Diane Ackerman.

View the expanded list of top adult nonfiction checkouts here.

Young Adult Fiction

These page-turners were tops with young adults (and more than a few, ahem, older adults, too): Cinder by Marissa Meyer; The Maze Runner by James Dashner; Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs; Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon; and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

View the expanded list of top YA fiction checkouts here.

Juvenile Fiction

Wimpy kids flexed some major muscle with young readers in 2017. The top-five juvenile fiction checkouts included: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling; Wonder by R.J. Palacio; Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney; and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling.

View the expanded list of top juvenile fiction checkouts here.

Picture Books

Easy reading, great lessons, and adorable illustrations. These were the most popular picture books: Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by James Dean; The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems; Ice Cream & Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin; The Thank You Book by Mo Willems; and How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets? by Jane Yolen.

View the expanded list of top picture book checkouts here.

Adult Fiction Audiobooks

Historical fiction found a place among the thrillers at the top of this audio category, which included: No Man’s Land by David Baldacci; The Whistler by John Grisham; All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins; and Night School by Lee Child.

View the expanded list of top fiction audiobook checkouts here.

Adult Nonfiction Audiobooks


Disney’s animated film Moana topped the list of DVD checkouts in 2017, followed by The Girl on the Train, Trolls, Hacksaw Ridge, and Sully.

View the expanded list of top DVD checkouts here.



New Year’s Eve Party Soundtrack

Glittery-2018-Confetti-with-Ribbons2017 is swiftly coming to a close. Fresh starts and new beginnings await with 2018. We hope you’re taking some time to celebrate the end of the year (either because you had a fantastic one or the fact that it’s finally over).

This playlist is designed to have you dancing into the new year. You can download each song using your library card. (Download up to five songs per week from Freegal.)


Celebration” by Kool & the Gang

Dancing in the Dark” by Bruce Springsteen

Raise Your Glass” by P!nk

Havana” by Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug

Lose Yourself to Dance” by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams

Blame It on the Boogie” by The Jacksons


Of course, you’ll have to end the night with the old favorite: “Auld Lang Syne” by Mediaeval Baebes

New Year’s Party Crafts for Kids

These simple party crafts are great for ringing in the new year with a bang!

Easy Party Poppers

These easy-to-make crackers add a fun surprise to any party.

You’ll need: tissue paper, toilet paper rolls, washi tape or string/ribbon, and candy and confetti

Paper Plate Party Animal

Via Crafts by Amanda for Kix

For the party animal in all of us! The whole family can get creative with this silly noisemaker.

You’ll need: one paper plate per crafter, yellow and light blue paint (or colors of your choice), two large pink pom-poms (or any color), black felt, and party blowers


You know that eclectic mix of buttons you’ve collected over the years? Here’s a festive way to use them!

You’ll need: scissors or decorative edgers, cardboard or corrugated kraft paper, markers, craft glue, ice-pop sticks, hole punch, waxed twine, and beads or buttons

New Year’s Fortune Cookie Messages

These paper fortune cookies are a creative way to share personal New Year’s messages with friends, family, and even the kids’ teachers.

You’ll need: scrapbook paper, glue dots, white paper, and scissors

Noon Year’s Eve Countdown

Get a head-start on your New Year’s celebration with DCL! Register for one of our annual Noon Year’s Eve countdown parties at these DCL locations. All events are free and take place on Sunday, December 31, at noon.


Thank-You Notes, DCL Style

2017 is almost in the books, but we couldn’t let it go without a quick look back and a heartfelt thank you for being part of the DCL events and activities that made it such a memorable year.

Camp DCL

Thank you, kid campers, for exploring what you want to be at Camp DCL. You cooked, created and built some amazing things. You learned detective skills, how to code games, and how to build robots. And you taught us that discovery is alive and well. We hope to see you at our spring break camps in 2018!

Camp DCL parent thank-you note: “Everyone was awesome! My son was on the younger/less experienced side and everyone was great at helping and getting him excited about it. It was his first experience with coding and was super positive, so thank you!”

Summer Reading Program

Thank you, Readers @ Play, for helping us meet our Summer Reading Program’s community goal of 4 million minutes of reading. But you didn’t just meet the goal, you totally crushed it with 6.8 million minutes read! You make us proud. Be sure to join us next June to kick off Summer Reading 2018.

Summer Reading Program parent thank-you note: “Thank you! For a few weeks, my son was a voracious reader. That’s never happened before!”

Outside the Lines

Great Douglas County Brew Tour

Thank you, library lovers, for taking your DCL experience Outside the Lines during the 2017 Great Douglas County Brew Tour. With our Brew Tour partners, we paired local libations with cheese and chocolates, made a few Pinterest-worthy crafts, and learned hipster coffee brewing tips and tricks from the pros. Cheers to you!

Brew Tour participant thank-you note: “What a great program from our local public library!”

Author Events

Thank you, book fans, for showing your book love to the 21 authors who joined us this year for compelling author talks and book signings. Stay tuned for more of these exciting events in 2018, starting with bestseller Jojo Moyes on Monday, February 5!

Dan Brown event attendee thank-you note: “Wow! Wow! Wow! What a fabulous event!”

Colorado Gives Day

Thank you, generous supporters, who helped Douglas County Libraries Foundation exceed our Colorado Gives Day goal of raising $20,000. The more-than $23,000 donated will help make wishes come true in our community, providing scholarships for high school equivalency testing and Camp DCL and supporting programs like Summer Reading, Cuddle Up & Read, and much more. We couldn’t do it without you!

If you missed us on Colorado Gives Day, there’s still time to make a tax-deductible donation toward our year-end goal.

Camp DCL scholarship recipient thank-you note: “Thank you so much for this scholarship for Luke. I know he will enjoy this camp, and my husband and I are so overwhelmed by the kindness from Douglas County Libraries.”

Storybook Holiday Party

Thank you, literary party people, for joining us at our inaugural Storybook Holiday Party earlier this month. It was a Grinchy good time, complete with Santa and his reindeer, and we can’t wait to see you at next year’s Storybook Holiday extravaganza.

Storybook Holiday Party guest thank-you note: “I just wanted to say that what you did last Saturday night [December 2] was absolutely magical! My daughter and I had a blast!”

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Our Favorite Stocking Stuffers for Book Lovers

You know what doesn’t easily fit into stockings? Books. Here are some alternatives to delight the literary lover in your life (or for shameless self-gifting).



Fell Asleep Here Bookmark (via Etsy)

Bed is one of the coziest places to read, but the downside is you run the risk of losing your place by falling asleep while reading. This bookmark will keep your place if you escape to dreamland before the next chapter.








From-The-Page-Candles221B Baker Street Candle (via UnCommon Goods

This Sherlockian candle evokes notes of black currant tea and leather books. It’s a pleasant scent to burn during late-night reading sessions.









library-card-socksLibrary Card Socks (via Out of Print Clothing

You really can’t go wrong with anything from Out of Print, but we especially adore these old card catalog socks. It makes us nostalgic for the days of yore.











Books Are My Happy Place Pin (via Etsy

Shiny, tiny and cute. You can’t go wrong with these pins for book lovers.








NovelteaNovelTea Tins (via NovelTeas

Teas with bookish puns?! We adore this entire collection, and we have a feeling the book lover in your life will too.

12 Books to Give

Got a book lover in your life? Give the gift of good reading. These books come highly recommended by Douglas County Libraries staff. Check one out for yourself, and then wrap up your holiday shopping.


Manhattan Beach

by Jennifer Egan
This mesmerizing historical novel has the feel of a noir thriller.

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

by Joshua Foer
A weird and wonderful collection of crowd-sourced attractions for the most adventurous tourists, or curious armchair travelers.

A Lot Like Christmas

by Connie Willis
A collection of short stories for the Christmas lover in your life. But these are not your usual holiday stories. There are odes to classic tales here, but also plenty of humor, science fiction, and fantasy.

The Alice Network

by Kate Quinn
Historical fiction featuring World War I lady spies, brave heroines, villains you love to hate, and high drama. The audiobook is wonderful, as well.

The Rules of Magic

by Alice Hoffman
This prequel to Practical Magic is spellbinding. A great read for those who like magical love stories.

Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders
This book has been on all the “best” lists. Now you can add it to your gift list! History and fantasy collide in this moving novel that takes place in a graveyard with Abraham Lincoln as the main character.

The Best of Us: A Memoir

by Joyce Maynard
This touching memoir of true love and partnership is heartbreaking at times, but ultimately life-affirming.

Magpie Murders

by Anthony Horowitz
For the reader who loves mysteries, this one offers a double dose. There’s a mystery within a mystery, and both are fascinating.

Sing, Unburied, Sing

by Jesmyn Ward
A captivating, lyrical story that follows three generations of a struggling Mississippi family. It’s the winner of the 2017 National Book Award for fiction.


by Ron Chernow
Civil War and history buffs will enjoy this dramatic, masterful portrait of one of our most complicated presidents.

Vacationland: True Stories From Painful Beaches

by John Hodgman
A comedic look at the trials and tribulations of the author’s “accidental summer homes” in Maine and Massachusetts, along with other vacation disasters.


by Peter Heller
The Denver author based this mystery on his own mother, a fascinating real-life private eye. Bonus: The writing is simply elegant.

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.



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.



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!



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!



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
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
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!


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
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
All Ages

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

Lone Tree

Fall Fun Night
Thursday, October 5
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
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
Ages 8-13
Registration is required

Choose a beloved stuffed animal to memorialize and proudly display!

Hogwarts House Party
Saturday, October 28
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
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.


Ghostbusters Double Feature
Friday, October 6
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
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.


Haunted Douglas County
Tuesday, October 24
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
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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.