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!


Express Your Creativity

Give yourself a creative spark all month long with these books and some surprising new items available for checkout at Douglas County Libraries (DCL).


Dyeing to Spin & Knit

by Felicia Lo
Fiber enthusiasts, get ready to be inspired. Fiber artists will learn the fundamentals of how color works, how to combine and coordinate colors, and how to control the results when dyeing wool and silk yarns and fibers. Spinners will learn how to subdue intense and bright colorways or prevent muddiness in handspun. Knitters will gain the knowledge to avoid or maximize the effects of pooling. Ignite your love of color — unapologetically! Looms and spinning wheels are available for checkout at DCL.


Play Ukulele Today! Starter Pack

by Barrett Tagliarino
Want to play the uke? Then this is the book for you! This complete guide to the basics contains everything you need to get started on the ukulele. It covers: songs, chords and melodies; picking, fingerpicking and strumming; playing tips and techniques; standard notation and tablature; and much more. Over 150 songs and examples are included. Have fun as you open the door to the world of ukulele! Check out a ukulele from DCL.


30-Minute Sewing

by Heather Love
Don’t have tons of time? No worries! In just 30 minutes you can use the instructions provided to create fun fashion, home accents, and hair accessories. Sewing machines are available for checkout, too!


Sewing Happiness

by Sanae Ishida
Sew your way to happiness. Twenty simple sewing projects are tied together with a thread of memoir that tells the story of how sewing brought the author profound happiness. Each seasonal project, specially designed to promote health, creativity, relationships and more, provides gentle inspiration to live your best life. Check out a sewing machine!


Tapestry Weaving

by Kirsten Glasbrook
Learn many techniques for weaving tapestries with these helpful step-by-step instructions. The book is great for beginners. Inspirational pictures of beautiful tapestries will inspire your creativity. DCL offers looms for checkout.


Epic Cosplay Costumes

by Kristie Good
If you are interested in cosplay or are just getting into cosplay, check out this book for some great ideas and designs. Presented in a kitschy, comic-book style, the book combines fantabulous illustrations with all the how-to information you need for creating your own cosplay designs. Whether you’re a hero, heroine, villain or sidekick, the author gives you the power to create the most talked-about designs!


Bold Expressive Painting

by Annie O’Brien Gonzales
Boldly go forth and paint! Learn tips and tricks on how to be expressive and embrace your creativity, whether using acrylics or oils. Break from tradition and learn to paint in a bold and modern way.


Leap Write In!

by Karen Benke
Practice your creative writing with these imaginative writing exercises and make your story known.


Teach Yourself Visually: Quilting

by Sonja Hakala
Check out this book to easily begin quilting, as it visually takes you through the steps of quilting. It’s amazing what you can do with two pieces of fabric and a layer of batting — the variety of quilts and quilting techniques is staggering. This guide introduces you to the essential skills you need to set off on your own quilting adventures. It walks you through everything from selecting fabrics to assembling blocks to binding the edges.


The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting

by Margaret Hubert
Grab your needles and get ready to knit your heart out. Looking for the perfect beginner’s book on knitting? This is it! This stitch guide is the ultimate knitting reference. A comprehensive how-to book about all aspects of knitting, you’ll be making scarves, hats, socks, mittens, sweaters, and other projects in no time!


Homemade Modern

by Ben Uyeda
Save money and still have a modern, stylish home with these home projects.


Paper Craft

by Jemma Fletcher
This easy visual guide will show you how to make beautiful handmade paper crafts that are great for gifts, cards, framed art, and more. The sky is the limit!


Crafting With Wood Pallets

by Becky Lamb
Upcycle with wood pallets to create unique décor and furniture for your home.


The Art of Mindful Origami

by Richard Chambers
Tackle two birds with one stone through the guidance in this book: Take a break to practice mindfulness, and make beautiful pieces of origami.


Crafting With Nature

by Amy Renea
Take a walk outside, enjoy a natural treasure hunt in beautiful Colorado surroundings, and then craft with nature. A beautiful and practical step-by-step guide to growing and gathering plants and using them to fill your life and home with natural homemade creations. The book offers an incredible collection of easy projects that use natural materials you can gather or grow and form into beautiful and useful crafts.


Knitting Mochimochi

by Anna Hrachovec
Learn how to make these super-cute characters that are very popular in Japan. They make great toys and gifts. And who doesn’t love toys? They make you smile, give you something to squeeze and hug, and even keep you company on the couch while watching TV. But could the toy be a couch, or an old-fashioned television? Is that too weird? Not if the toy is mochimochi, the strange knitted toys the author created after falling in love with the bizarre character designs that are popular in Japan.

Fun for the Family!


Sewing School

by Amie Petronis Plumley

Kid-friendly projects for learning and practicing sewing, no machine needed. These kid-tested projects require only minimal supervision and most can be made using simple hand stitches, so no sewing machine is required. The book helps little sewers develop their skills while sparking a passion that will last a lifetime.


Art Lab for Kids

by Susan Schwake
This book presents art lessons for art projects of varying styles, including drawing, printmaking, and mixed media. Master the art world with these quick and easy lessons.


Susan B. Anderson’s Kids’ Knitting Workshop

by Susan B. Anderson
Kids can start knitting right away using this easy beginner’s guide. This accessible introduction to knitting in the round includes easy-to-follow illustrated tutorials on techniques from casting on and binding off to joining colors to make stripes, and 17 progressively challenging knitting projects. Step-by-step text and photos that kids can read and follow on their own make it easy for kids to knit independently in no time!