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.
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.
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