Summer Reading Is an Escape to Neverland at Douglas County Libraries

For immediate release: May 16, 2018

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) kicks off its 2018 Summer Reading Program — Escape to Neverland — on Saturday, June 2, at all DCL locations. The fun starts with Neverland-themed kickoff parties at each location from 10 a.m.-noon that are free for families, children, and those kids “who never grew up.”

The annual reading program is for all ages and runs June 2-July 31. Kids, teens and adults can register for the program at a kickoff party on June 2, or they may register online anytime at DCL.org/summer-reading.

  • The reading goal for kids ages 12 and under is 720 minutes of reading. Prizes are awarded for reaching the halfway point (360 minutes), and also for finishing the goal by July 31 — a free book (while supplies last).
  • Readers ages 13 and older have a goal of 900 minutes. Those who reach the goal by July 31 can receive a limited-edition DCL book bag (while supplies last).
  • Community reading goal returns — with a give-back! This year’s goal is 7 million minutes of reading. Once the community reaches this combined goal, the Douglas County Libraries Foundation will donate $500 to the Denver Dumb Friends League Buddy Center in Castle Rock to help animals in need. Reading time is tracked online when readers register at DCL.org/summer-reading.

NEW – School Contest!

New this year is a friendly fundraising competition among K-12 schools affiliated with Douglas County School District. 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 Escape to Neverland kickoff parties on Saturday, June 2, and throughout the summer. No special skills or prior experience is needed, and teens can earn community service credit toward graduation requirements. Volunteers will assist with arts and crafts activities, games, snacks, and program registration. Interested volunteers may learn more and/or sign up via VolunteerConnectDC.org; select Douglas County Libraries.

For more information about Escape to Neverland and to sign up, 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.

Douglas County Libraries Welcomes Bestselling Inspirational Author Karen Kingsbury

For immediate release May 8, 2018:

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is pleased to present Karen Kingsbury, a No. 1 New York Times bestselling novelist and one of America’s favorite inspirational storytellers, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at CU South Denver in Parker (10035 Peoria St.). Kingsbury will talk about and sign her new book in the Baxter Family series, “To the Moon and Back.”

“We’re excited about bringing authors of different genres to Douglas County every year,” said Kerri Morgan, department head special events at Douglas County Libraries. “Karen Kingsbury is a master of inspirational, uplifting stories that focus on faith and family.”

DCL is hosting the author in partnership with Tattered Cover Book Store. The $29 ticket price includes reserved seating at Kingsbury’s presentation, a hardcover copy of “To the Moon and Back,” a place in the book signing line, and dessert bites.

About the Author

Kingsbury has more than 25 million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. She is best-known for her faith-based Baxter Family series, a collection of more than 20 books that follow the Baxters through love, loss, laughter and life. Kingsbury’s Baxter Family books are being developed for a scripted drama series for TV with Roma Downey, Mark Burnett, and MGM Studios. The author is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit DCL.org/karen-kingsbury or call 303-791-7323.

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

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.

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

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.