Fun Is the Name of the Game at DCL

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is celebrating the positive power of play this month — we’re getting our Game On with game-inspired events and activities! You can also stop by your library to check out a Launch Pad game or play a pickup board game with friends.

Get your game on and play with DCL at any of these featured events happening around the district.

Highlands Ranch – James H. LaRue

International Game Day
Saturday, November 4
10AM-2PM
All ages
No registration required

Join the annual worldwide celebration of games, play, libraries, learning and FUN for the whole family.

Geeks Who Read Teen Trivia Night
Thursday, November 9
6:30-8PM
Teens
Registration is required

Join in a fun evening of trivia based on books and pop culture.

Play Chess!
Wednesday, November 8 & 29
7-9PM
All ages
No registration required

Drop in and learn to play chess or improve your game with the Highlands Ranch Chess Club.

 

DID YOU KNOW?
One of the earliest-known board games, the royal game of Ur, dates back to 2600 B.C. and eventually evolved into backgammon.

 

Parker

After-Hours Arcade
Friday, November 3
7-9PM
Teens/adults
Registration is required

It’s game night at the library! Bring a friend and play video games, life-size Jenga, cards and board games — refreshments provided.

 

DID YOU KNOW?
Scrabble permits 105 two-letter word combinations.

 

Castle Pines

Geeks Who Read
Friday, November 3
5:30-7PM
Ages 12-18
Registration is required

Express your inner (or outer) book nerd! Teams will answer questions about books, movies, music, and pop culture while snacking on pizza and root-beer floats. Prizes and glory go to the winning team!

Family Game Night: Board Games
Sunday, November 5
3-5PM
All ages
No registration required

Bring your prized board game or learn a new favorite!

 

DID YOU KNOW?
It took Erno Rubik, of Rubik’s Cube fame, almost a month to solve his cube.

 

Lone Tree

Minute to Win It
Tuesday, November 21
3-4PM
Ages 11-18
Registration is required

Can you win it in a minute? Join us for an afternoon of 60-second games and find out! Bragging rights and a ridiculous trophy awarded.

 

DID YOU KNOW?
Nintendo created Super Mario by accident, when the company was unable to license the rights to Popeye.

 

Castle Rock – Philip S. Miller

Geeks Who Read Teen Trivia Night
Thursday, November 16
7-8:30PM
Teens
Registration is required

Express your inner geek and test your knowledge of books and pop culture at this fun evening of exciting trivia.

Game Club
Sunday, November 5
12-5PM
Teens/adults
No registration required

Drop in and join this new group for role-playing, strategic and board gaming. Bring your own or play those available.

Chess Club
Mondays, 6-8:30PM
All ages
No registration required

Drop in and play chess with local enthusiasts. All skill levels are welcome!

 

DID YOU KNOW?
The number of permutations within a deck of cards is mind-bogglingly large: 8 times 1,067 (or an 8 with 67 zeroes after it). That means there are more card combinations than stars in the Milky Way, which amounts to as many as 400 billion.

 

Roxborough

BINGO!
Saturday, November 18
2-4PM
All ages
Registration is required

Bring the whole family for some old-fashioned fun with a classic game of bingo. Win prizes and enjoy snacks.

Life-Size Game Day
Sunday, November 19
2-4PM
All ages
No registration required

Drop in and enjoy your favorite games on a crazy-big scale!

 

 

 

 

 

Explore the Final Frontier at Douglas County Libraries

mayOur desire to explore space fires the imagination and inspires us to reach for the stars. Discover the science and stories of space, the Final Frontier, with Douglas County Libraries during the month of May.

There are several interesting, fun, family-friendly events happening at our libraries across the district. Read on for more information on events, locations, dates and times. We hope to see you in a Douglas County Libraries galaxy this month!

 

Roxborough

Revenge of the Si(x)th: A Star Wars Celebration
Saturday, May 6
2-4PM
Register

Celebrate Star Wars and explore the Dark Side with games, photo ops, crafts and trivia. Fun for all ages, and costumes are encouraged!

Look Up to the Stars
Wednesday, May 10
7-8:30PM
Register

This family-friendly presentation, hosted by NASA Consultant Kevin Manning, showcases the beauty and harmony of the universe. It’s a virtual journey through the cosmos. All ages.

Check It Out! Want to explore the stars yourself? Check out a pair of binoculars and stargazing cards starting in June!

 

Star Trek Past & Present
Friday, May 12
5-9:30PM
Register

Calling all Trekkies! Enjoy an evening in the Star Trek universe with a double feature of flicks — one from the old generation, and one from the reboot (movies rated PG and PG-13) — plus movie trivia. Great for all ages, and costumes are encouraged!

Our Future on Mars
Wednesday, May 31
6:30-8PM
Register

Space journalist and author Leonard David will talk about “National Geographic’s Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet,” the book and TV series. The award-winning writer has covered space for 50 years and has co-authored many books, including Buzz Aldrin’s Welcome to Mars. Teens/adults.

Parker

Slick Science: Launch It!
Saturday, May 6
1-2PM or 3-4PM
Register for either session

Kids 8-12 can make and then launch their own rockets, and learn important science concepts in the process!

Explore
Thursday, May 11
10-11AM
Register

Explore is an ongoing series designed for everyone, including developmentally challenged adults, that uses books and craftivities in a quest for fun and lifelong learning.

Attack of the Drones
Tuesday, May 16
7-8PM
Register

Learn all about drones, from the growing popularity of drone racing to law enforcement, rescue operations, science and research, and package delivery. The “unmanned aerial vehicle” has an important role to play and is here to stay. Teens/adults.

Astronaut School
Saturday, May 20
6-8PM
Register

Kids ages 4-8 and their families blast off to an evening of training to become astronauts!

Shoebox Rover
Saturday, May 27
1-3PM
Register

Kids ages 6 and up work with their caregivers to create a Mars rover.

Castle Pines

May the Fourth: A Star Wars Celebration
Thursday, May 4
4-6PM
Register

Kids celebrate Star Wars with light saber duels and crafts, and discover their own Jedi powers!

Fold ‘N Fly
Saturday, May 20
1-2:30PM
Register

Calling all paper plane enthusiasts! Learn about aerodynamics and test your skills in a paper airplane-building contest. Great for families.

Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue

Dynamic Mars: Getting to Know the Planet
Sunday, April 30
1-2:30PM
Register

Explore the wild Martian landscape, including current scientific and engineering plans for Mars’ future, with Dr. Laura Kerber of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Colonizing Titan vs. Mars
Saturday, May 6
6:30-8PM
Register

Planetary scientist and writer Dr. Amanda Hendrix explores the viability of colonizing Saturn’s moon (Titan) versus Mars. Adults and children in fourth grade and above.

Johnson Space Center Space Gear!

Five exhibit items from NASA’s Johnson Space Center Exhibits Collection will be shown at Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch throughout the month of May. These exhibit items include an Apollo helmet, a shuttle extravehicular activity glove, a space food tray, a shuttle launch helmet, and a shuttle tile. Stop by to check them out! And if you’ve ever wished you could be an astronaut, you can at least dress like one. Drop in to STEAMWorks on Wednesday, May 3, from 4-5 p.m. for a hands-on opportunity to try on space gear!

Lone Tree

Rhythm of the Universe
Saturday, May 6
1-2PM
Register

Children of all ages can celebrate the universe of music at this interactive program, featuring percussion and singing.

Solar Eclipse Event of a Lifetime
Tuesday, May 16
6:30-7:30PM
Register

Learn everything you need to know about the upcoming solar eclipse in August 2017 from a local astronomer.

Louviers

Slick Science: Rockets
Tuesday, May 9
5:15-6:15PM
Register

Kids ages 8-12 will learn fun science concepts about rockets, while having a great time.

Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller

Star Trek Wars
Saturday, May 6
3-4:30PM
Register

Team up to test your knowledge of the “Stars” — Star Trek and Star Wars — in this sci-fi trivia contest! Teens/adults.

Fun Space Trivia

Some fun facts for fans of Star Trek, Star Wars, and space in general!

* Did you know you can learn Klingon from the Klingon Language Institute? If you’re a die-hard Star Trek fan, check out the development and use of the Klingon language.

* In Star Wars, the sound of the TIE Fighter engines is actually the sound of an elephant call mixed with the sounds of a car driving on wet pavement. Learn more about your favorite Star Wars sound effects!

* NASA has released a searchable Video, Audio and Imagery Library for the public. Learn more about it from this press release.

 

For more sci-fi fun, check out this collection of great reads!