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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.

Bookish Films Coming This Spring!

Are the books really better than the movies? Judge for yourself! These books-turned-movies are being released this spring. Quick, break out your library card and read them before you see them!



The Zookeeper’s Wife
by Diane Ackerman

A fascinating, true story of Polish zookeepers who saved over 300 people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages in their zoo. The movie stars Jessica Chastain and Daniel Bruhl. Check out the trailer!



The Boss Baby
by Marla Frazee

From the moment he is born, the baby takes charge! The film stars Alec Baldwin and Lisa Kudrow.


Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

The YA novel raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others. Will the film starring Zoey Deutch and Logan Miller live up to the book?


Beauty and the Beast

The classic fairy tale hits the big screen as a live-action fantasy musical, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans.



The Circle
by Dave Eggers

A young, ambitious woman gets the opportunity of a lifetime working for a powerful internet company. But at what cost? The film stars Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. Check out the trailer here.


by R.J. Palacio

Auggie was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Now in the fifth grade, that’s about to change. Will the heartwarming story translate to the big screen? Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson star.



Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
by Jeff Kinney

A family road trip takes several wrong turns. But even the worst trip can be an unforgettable adventure. The film stars Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott.


The Dinner
by Herman Koch

Two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Underlying the polite conversation and delicate scraping of cutlery is the horrifying act committed by their sons. The film stars Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Chloe Sevigny, and Rebecca Hall.


Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon

Seventeen-year-old Madeline has a rare disease, making her allergic to the world outside her sterile home. When Olly moves in next door, she knows she’s going to fall in love, and that it will most certainly be a disaster. The film stars Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson.



The Adventures of Captain Underpants
by Dav Pilkey

Two fourth-grade boys who write comic books and love to play pranks turn their principal into their own superhero creation. The movie stars Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, and Ed Helms. Check out Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive first look.