Series Alert: New Release!

A Court of Wings and Ruin, the third installment of Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) series, hits shelves Tuesday, May 2. Fans of the series can barely contain their excitement!


A Court of Wings and Ruin

by Sarah J. Maas
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit, and one slip may spell doom —  not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust among the dazzling and lethal High Lords — and hunt for allies in unexpected places.





Be one of the first to read the new book! Reserve your copy here, or check out the audiobook.

Need to Pass the Time Until May 2?

Take these ACOTAR quizzes to get you through the next few days.

Here’s the Easiest Way to Get Your Volunteer Hours

What if you could earn 20-plus volunteer hours before the school year starts doing something fun and engaging?

We promise, you can! Douglas County Libraries is looking for volunteers for Camp DCL summer camps. You would be helping instructors with cool activities for kids ages 6-12, as well as with setup and cleanup. These weeklong, half-day camps start June 5 and continue through August 4. Just think, you could get 20 volunteer hours in just one week — that’s all of your community service hours completed by the time school starts in August!

We all know how important volunteer hours are. They’re a requirement for graduation at most high schools now. It can be hard to find places where you can get those hours, not to mention finding volunteer work that’s fun. But it’s right here at Douglas County Libraries! Be a volunteer at one of our summer camps. Check out the dates and locations (and camp themes) below to see which one you’d like to help with, then contact the Branch Volunteer Coordinator at that camp’s library location (listed below).

See you this summer!





Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue: June 5-9, 1:30-5PM

Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller: June 26-30, 1:30-5PM

Castle Pines: July 24-28, 9AM-12:30PM

Lone Tree: July 31-August 4, 9AM-12:30PM





Lone Tree: June 19-23, 1:30-5PM

Parker: July 17-21, 1:30-5PM







Roxborough: June 5-9, 9AM-12:30PM

Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue: July 10-14, 1:30-5PM

Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller: July 24-28, 1:30-5PM






Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue: June 12-16, 9AM-12:30PM

Castle Pines: June 26-30, 9AM-12:30PM







Lone Tree: June 12-16, 1:30-5PM

Parker: June 19-23, 9AM-12:30PM

Roxborough: July 10-14, 9AM-12:30PM







Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller: July 17-21, 9AM-12:30PM

Parker: July 31-August 4, 1:30-5PM




Volunteer Contact Info

Contact the Branch Volunteer Coordinator at the camp location of your choice to discuss volunteering for summer camps — or any other volunteer opportunities — or with any questions you may have.

  • Castle Pines and Roxborough: Laura Eicher, (303) 764-3384,
  • Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller: Jennifer Rawson, (303) 688-7637,
  • Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue: Kim McClintock, (720) 348-9541,
  • Lone Tree: Teresa LeFevre, (303) 764-3312,
  • Parker: Aimee Drury, (303) 764-3339,


Douglas County Libraries Staff Recommendations

Here are a few staff favorites you might enjoy — two are contemporary YA fiction and one is an autobiography.

boysdontknitBoys Don’t Knit (In Public)

by T.S. Easton

Ben Fletcher must get a grip on his more “feminine” side following an unfortunate incident with a lollipop lady and a stolen bottle of Martini Rosso from Waitrose. It was all a big misunderstanding, of course.

To avoid the Young Offenders unit, Ben is ordered to give something back to the community and develop his sense of social alignment. Take up a hobby and keep on the straight and narrow. The hot teacher he likes runs a knitting group, so Ben, reluctantly at first, gets “stuck in.” Not easy when your dad is a sports fan and thinks Jeremy Clarkson is a god. To his surprise, Ben finds that he likes knitting and that he has a mean competitive streak. If he can just keep it all a secret from his mates, and notice that the girl of his dreams, girl-next-door Megan Hooper, has a bit of a thing for him.

Symptoms of Being Humansymptoms

by Jeff Garvin

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: punk rock, snarky, rebellious, and gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is, Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for re-election in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure — media and otherwise — is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to tell the truth of what it’s really like to be a gender-fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school, the blog goes viral and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: Walk away from what the blog has created — a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in — or stand up, come out, and risk everything.


We Should Hang Out Sometime (Embarrassingly, a True Story)

by Josh Sundquist
Why was (Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor) Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong? The results of Josh’s semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous putt-putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (close fast dancing), to a misguided “grand gesture” at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love — or at least a girlfriend — in all the wrong places.

Kiss, Marry, Kill – YA Edition


Who’s up for a game of Kiss, Marry, Kill? In each of the character groups below, tell us which character you would kiss, which you would marry, and which you would kill.

Leave your answers in the comments.



Group 1: Women Warriors

Tris from Divergent

Katniss from The Hunger Games

Celaena from Throne of Glass





Group 2: Book Boyfriends

Percy from The Lightning Thief

Harry from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Jacob from Twilight





Group 3: Leading Ladies

Starr from The Hate U Give

Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Cath from Fangirl





Group 4: Bad Boys

Jace from City of Bones

Damon from The Vampire Diaries

Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses



10 Books Turning 10 in 2017

Check out some of these YA faves that were published 10 YEARS AGO! Yeah, this post is about to make you feel old.



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

10th Birthday: July 21, 2017

Popular Quote: “‘After all this time?’ ‘Always,’ said Snape.”



City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

10th Birthday: March 27, 2017

Popular Quote: “Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.”



Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

10th Birthday: October 18, 2017

Popular Quote: “When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything … affects everything.”



Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer

10th Birthday: August 7, 2017

Popular Quote: “The clouds I could handle, but I can’t fight with an eclipse.”


Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

10th Birthday: January 2, 2017

Popular Quote: “Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies.”



The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

10th Birthday: September 12, 2017

Popular Quote: “Life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of the community.”



Beastly by Alex Flinn

10th Birthday: October 2, 2017

Popular Quote: Just because something is beautiful doesn’t mean it’s good.”



The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

10th Birthday: January 1, 2017

Popular Quote: “Maybe we are all cabinets of wonders.”



The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

10th Birthday: May 5, 2017

Popular Quote: “Ever had a flying burrito hit you? Well, it’s a deadly projectile, right up there with cannonballs and grenades.”



Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

10th Birthday: May 23, 2017

Popular Quote: “But I guess you don’t see the planets when you’re staring at the sun. You just get blinded.”