Library Reading Program Makes Pit Stops for Summer Fun

For immediate release: July 10, 2019

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is going places this summer! The library is taking its summer reading program on the road to favorite community locales, offering cool treats and fun giveaways for Douglas County residents.

“We are meeting great people out in our community, and we keep hearing stories about their summer adventures and how they use our libraries,” said DCL Special Events Coordinator Kristen Kallio.

Stops on the Great Summer Reading Road Trip have included Discovery Park and Downhill Brewing in Parker, Butterfield Park in Castle Rock, Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch, and Roxborough Skate Park & Playground. Many more pit stops are planned through July. To find one near you, visit DCL.org/summer-reading/activities.

The Great Summer Reading Road Trip goes through July 31. Readers of all ages still have time to sign up for the reading program and help the library reach its community goal of 16,775 registered readers. Once that goal is met, the DCL Foundation will donate $500 to Nature’s Educators, a top-rated nonprofit educational wildlife organization in Douglas County.

Devin Jaffe, Executive Director of Nature’s Educators, said the Foundation donation would be used to expand the organization’s animal enrichment collection—rope swings, training items, foraging activities, and more—for use in their wildlife enclosures.

For more information on DCL’s summer reading pit stops, or to sign up for summer reading, visit DCL.org/summer-reading.

Douglas County Libraries elevates our community by inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection.

26 New U.S. Citizens Sworn in During Naturalization Ceremony at Library

For immediate release: June 18, 2019

In partnership with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Douglas County Libraries (DCL) was pleased to host the naturalization ceremony for 26 new citizens, from 17 different countries, at its Parker location on Saturday, June 15. The new citizens, including one current DCL employee, took the Oath of Allegiance in the library’s event hall in front of their families, friends and library patrons, who also enjoyed a reception of light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

DCL Adult Literacy Specialist Tiffany Curtin worked with USCIS to facilitate the ceremony. “I have had the pleasure of seeing firsthand how new Americans enrich our lives,” said Curtin. “At the library, we see new Americans gain the language skills to become volunteers, gain employment, pursue professional goals, earn promotions, enter higher education, support their children in school, and transform their lives. DCL is honored to host these ceremonies and welcome our community to join the celebration,” she added.

Following a performance by High Spirit Harmonies a cappella group, Chaparral High School student Ryan McPherson opened the ceremony by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The entire room also joined in the singing of the national anthem.

Curtin and DCL Information Technology Director Jeff Konishi each spoke to the room of new citizens and their guests, and an adult literacy volunteer shared her immigration story as a naturalized citizen. Mi Familia Vota was also present to help with new voter registration, and Daughters of the American Revolution representatives spoke and presented the new citizens with the United States Flag Code.

DCL offers one-on-one tutoring in English as a second language; citizenship preparation classes to help with citizenship application and interviews, with representatives from USCIS available to answer questions; English-language conversation practice groups; and basic adult education classes for aspiring citizens.

Learn more about DCL’s Adult Education and Test Prep programs and services at DCL.org/adult-education.

Douglas County Libraries elevates our community by inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection.

Beat the Heat for a Good Cause in June

For immediate release: June 4, 2019

Families looking for an affordable way to beat the heat this month and give back in their community can celebrate! The Kids Camp film series is now showing at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton and offers pick-your-price admission ($1, $3, or $5), with all ticket sales in June benefiting the Douglas County Libraries (DCL) Foundation.

Kids Camp showings take place weekdays at 11 a.m., offering family-friendly fare for kids. The PG-rated films in June include Trolls (June 3-7), Shrek (June 10-14), The Lorax (June 17-21), and Paddington 2 (June 24-28). Tickets may be purchased online to reserve seats in advance or at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema box office at 7301 S. Santa Fe Drive; 100% of ticket sales this month support the DCL Foundation.

The DCL Foundation helps fund programs that reach youth, adults and families in Douglas County and across Colorado. The Foundation uses its resources to introduce new parents to the library and its early literacy services through Cuddle Up & Read, and to provide scholarships for qualified kids attending Camp DCL and adults completing their high school equivalency testing. It also awards Douglas County schools and nonprofits for goals associated with the library’s Summer Reading Program.

For more information, call (303) 791-7323 or visit DCL.org/foundation.

Douglas County Libraries elevates our community by inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection.

Summer Reading Hits the Road in June

For immediate release: May 15, 2019

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is on its way to a summer of fun! The Great Summer Reading Road Trip kicks off at all DCL locations on Saturday, June 1, with life-size games, live DJs, bouncy houses, food trucks, a book fair, and much more from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The annual reading program is for all ages and runs from June 1-July 31. Kids, teens and adults can register for the Great Summer Reading Road Trip at any of the kickoff parties on June 1 or online anytime at DCL.org/summer-reading.

  • Get prizes! Summer reading participants will receive prizes from Texas Roadhouse and the Colorado Rapids just for signing up.
  • Enjoy good books. Tracking the time spent reading is not required this year. Participants are encouraged to enjoy the read instead—and may collect a prize just for having an awesome summer. Adults and kids who like a challenge may still track their reading on a DCL log, or they may create their own goal and track their time online.
  • Support a Douglas County nonprofit. If DCL meets this year’s community goal of 16,775 registered reading program participants, the DCL Foundation will donate $500 to Nature’s Educators.

“We really hope participants will rediscover reading for the fun of it with this year’s program,” said DCL Special Events Coordinator Kristen Kallio. “If that means reading together as a family, discovering new topics to read about, reading to family pets, holding a dramatic reading of a favorite book or re-reading favorite books … whatever makes it most enjoyable, we encourage everyone to do it!”

School Contest Returns

The friendly fundraising competition among K-12 schools affiliated with Douglas County School District is back this year! The elementary, middle and high schools with the most summer reading sign-ups by July 31 will win a $250 prize—one winning school at each level. Some rules and restrictions apply; visit DCL.org/summer-reading for more details.

Volunteers Needed

DCL is seeking volunteers to help with summer reading kickoff parties on Saturday, June 1, and throughout the summer. No special skills or prior experience is needed, and teens can earn community service credit toward graduation requirements. Interested volunteers may learn more and/or sign up via VolunteerConnectDC.org; search Douglas County Libraries opportunities.

For more information about the Great Summer Reading Road Trip, registration, and associated events and activities, visit DCL.org/summer-reading or call 303-791-7323.

Douglas County Libraries elevates our community by inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection.

STEM School Students and Families Come Together at Library

For immediate release: May 10, 2019

Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch welcomed more than 100 STEM School Highlands Ranch students and parents to the library today, offering activities and spaces where they could gather to support each other and express themselves in the aftermath of the tragedy that unfolded at the school on Tuesday, May 7. The library serves many of these same families and students on a day-to-day basis throughout the year.

Students and family members of all ages participated in a free creative art session in the second floor Event Hall with instructors from KidzArt, where they could draw and create colorful art works. The library provided hot chocolate and cookies, as well as additional private meeting spaces for people to gather and talk. Many kids also spent time expressing themselves using the library’s interactive white board in the lobby.