Make a Date for Deals at Library’s Annual Collectible and Antiquarian Book Sale

For immediate release: January 23, 2018

Book lovers can find sweet deals on rare and antiquarian books Feb. 10 and 11 at Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue branch, 9292 Ridgeline Blvd. The special sale takes place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, and from 12-3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, in the Shea meeting rooms on the library’s first floor.

Collectors can once again find an assortment of unique items at this year’s sale, including new and used antique books, signed copies, first editions, volume sets, collectible childhood favorites, art and photography books, and a variety of classics. CD and DVD gift items will also be on sale.

“You never know what you might find at our sale,” said Kim McClintock, branch volunteer coordinator at Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch. “What could be better than browsing through such treasures and then taking some home to add to a personal collection or to enjoy?” she added.

Book prices are based on industry standard values, rarity and condition, and are then deeply discounted for the library sale. All proceeds benefit the Douglas County Libraries Foundation, which supports library programs and events that reach youth, adults and families in Douglas County and across Colorado.

Bargain shoppers can look forward to a great selection of finds on Saturday, McClintock said, and then more great bargains on Sunday. Credit cards and cash will be accepted, and volunteers will gladly carry buyers’ purchases to their cars.

In addition to the library’s annual book sale, Douglas County Libraries offers books, CDs and DVDs for purchase year-round in its Second Chapter Used Bookstores and during other special book sales.

For more information, visit DCL.org/used-book-sales or call 303-791-7323.

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The Journey of 1000 Books Starts at Douglas County Libraries

For immediate release: January 9, 2018

Douglas County Libraries is excited to launch its 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge, a literacy initiative that encourages reading to newborns, infants and toddlers, and helps establish strong literacy skills and reading confidence from a young age.

“We’re so excited to offer this program because it supports and extends the library’s early literacy efforts beyond Storytime and the library walls,” says Douglas County Libraries Youth Literacy Specialist Laura Olson. “We also hope that the program instills a lifelong love of reading in young children,” she adds.

Research shows that the more books children hear before kindergarten, the more prepared they will be to learn how to read. “This is a fun, self-paced way to encourage families to read aloud at home, and it reinforces to parents that they are their kids’ first and best teachers,” Olson says.

Douglas County Libraries makes it easy to start the 1000 Books journey and to track each book read along the way. Every book counts toward the reading goal, including books that are read multiple times (each reading counts) and books read out loud at Douglas County Libraries Storytimes. Reading just one book at bedtime every night for three years is 1,095 books, so it really is possible to read 1,000 books before kindergarten!

Parents can learn more about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and sign up for the challenge at DCL.org/1000-books. For more information, call 303-791-7323.

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

Think Spring Break: Send the Kids to Camp DCL

For immediate release: January 8, 2018

Douglas County Libraries is pleased to announce its 2018 offering of Camp DCL spring break camps for kids ages 6-12. Registration is now open for the weeklong, half-day camps running Monday, March 19-Friday, March 23.

Camp DCL provides unique learning experiences and hands-on fun for kids, giving them the chance to discover what they want to be. This year’s spring break camp themes are Be a Builder and Be a STEAM-y Chef.

  • Be a Builder – Kids will tackle design-and-build projects both large and small, including collapsible cardboard forts, wood birdhouses, and brick and mortar experiments. Camps are available at the library’s Castle Pines, Castle Rock and Highlands Ranch locations.
  • Be a STEAM-y Chef – Kids will cook up two recipes each day, learning science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) concepts like the science of taste and genetic modification. Camps are available at the library’s Lone Tree, Parker and Roxborough locations.

The 2018 camp themes may sound familiar to former Camp DCL campers, but Kerri Morgan, Douglas County Libraries department head special events, says this year’s camps will offer brand-new experiences, so any returning campers can expect something different.

Camps are priced at $155-$165 for the week, based on the theme, and limited scholarships may be available from the Douglas County Libraries Foundation for qualified applicants.

To learn more about Camp DCL spring break camps and/or scholarship opportunities, visit DCL.org/camp-dcl or call 303-791-7323.

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

Playful Pets Playscape Makes a Delightful Debut at Library

For immediate release: December 26, 2017

Douglas County Libraries in Lone Tree, 10055 Library Way, is excited to introduce its new Playful Pets Animal Clinic and Animal Grooming playscape, a fun, interactive space for children that inspires imaginative play and self-guided learning.

Playful Pets is a museum-quality installation near the children’s area where kids can discover and act out various aspects of veterinary-style pet care using provided tools, devices, and their imaginations. In the Animal Clinic, kid vets can don lab coats and examine stuffed animal patients using play veterinary devices and equipment. They can also groom the stuffed animals in the Animal Grooming spa using provided brushes, combs and other tools.

“Moms and caregivers have been asking for a play area like this at Lone Tree since we opened in July 2016,” says Lone Tree Branch Manager Susan Byrne. “They loved The Market at our Highlands Ranch branch and felt we should have something similar here. We’re thrilled to finally be able to offer Playful Pets.”

Studies show that children develop important social and emotional skills through interactive play. Playful Pets Animal Clinic and Animal Grooming provide the library’s youngest patrons with innovative, playful spaces where they can interact with each other and library materials as they play and learn.

“The kids are having a blast with our new Playful Pets playscape,” says Byrne. “They’re super busy checking out the X-ray machine and grooming the stuffed cats and dogs. The best part is, they’re learning while they’re playing,” she adds.

Douglas County Libraries elevates our community by inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection. For more information, call (303) 791-7323 or visit DCL.org.

 

Douglas County Libraries Introduces Online High School Diploma and Career Certification Program

For immediate release November 6, 2017:

Adults in Douglas County can now access help with completing their high school requirements and realizing their career goals through Douglas County Libraries (DCL) and its new Career Online High School (COHS) program.

COHS is an accredited online high school diploma and career certification program for adults ages 19 and older. The program is fully online, allowing students to complete the courses on their own schedule and at their own pace. A six- to 18-month commitment to the program is required, depending on previously earned high school credits.

“What’s great about this program is that even though coursework is entirely online, students have access to a personal academic coach who can offer encouragement and guidance as needed through text, email or by phone,” says Tiffany Curtin, adult literacy specialist with DCL. “They’ll also have in-person support from DCL staff members, and can participate in career prep webinars that provide the tools they’ll need after graduation,” she says.

Interested students who pass an online self-assessment, prerequisite course, and interview may be eligible for a grant to complete the program. DCL will grant up to 25 scholarships to qualified students with assistance from the Colorado State Library.

Curtin says students who do not qualify for the COHS program are able to take advantage of the library’s high school equivalency (HSE) prep classes. “GED students with high scores can even earn college credit,” she says. “We are happy to discuss all options with potential students to help them on their path to reaching their education goals.”

To learn more about COHS, visit DCL.org/cohs or call 303-791-7323.