New May Releases

Don’t want to break the bank? Check out these exciting new May releases — literally, check them out — from the library!



Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Release Date: May 16

In need of another strong heroine? Meet Mariko, the daughter of a samurai who is betrothed for purely political reasons … until bandits attack her home, forcing her to masquerade as a boy to infiltrate the Black Clan and discover who wants her dead.







The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Release Date: May 16

A heartfelt, endearing novel with all the feels. Lucy is hit with a curve ball when her mother’s cancer returns, her boyfriend hits “pause” on their relationship, and she is sent to help at a camp for “troubled teens”instead of Bible camp. This is a diverse story filled with important characters and relevant issues to teens today.






When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Release Date: May 30

This POV romantic comedy is the perfect read for summer, and it comes out just in time! Dimple and Rishi unexpectedly end up at the same computer coding camp and discover their parents have been arranging their marriage for years. Despite their “accidental” circumstances, Dimple and Rishi are in for more surprises as the summer continues and love grows.







Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Release Date: May 9

You’re going to fall in love with Ramona, a 6-foot-tall lesbian with a fierce devotion to her family. Nothing proves her devotion more than when her younger sister, Hattie, becomes pregnant. Ramona’s life and her hard-set rules quickly tumble and she must learn to become more fluid than she ever thought she could be. This story, from an author known for her unique voice, should not be missed.





Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Release Date: May 2

Laura Silverman’s debut is being compared to the likes of Anna and the French Kiss and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. So you know it’s got to be good, right? Ansie is headed to California for the summer when her aunt gets into a car accident. She decides to help watch her two younger cousins in glamorous Nebraska. Battling with her desires, Ansie spends the summer deciding between love and duty, for herself and her family.





One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Release Date: May 30

Five kids go into detention, but only four come out. Basically, it’s The Breakfast Club turned mystery/thriller in modern-day society. With social media revealing secrets and the chances of someone going to jail or being the next victim, the stakes are high in this new YA novel.








A Million Junes by Emily Henry

Release Date: May 16

This book has been pitched as Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude. Now, before you blow this off as required reading, you have to meet June and hear her family’s legendary storytelling. Ghosts, magic and wolves thrive in this magical realism book.








Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

Release Date: May 2

What would you do if you had a million dollars? What about $140 million? Alice buys Teddy a lottery ticket for his 18th birthday. Together they decide just what they would do if they could do anything. Then Teddy wins the lottery! This story is cute and happy, even as these friends discover the corruption of money, friendship, and what the true value in life is.




Tell us in the comments which one you plan to read first!

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,


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.”


New April Releases

Here are some exciting new YA novels releasing in April 2017:


Given to the Sea

by Mindy McGinnis
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Political. This is the first in a new fantasy series by the author of The Female of the SpeciesNot a Drop to Drink, and A Madness So Discreet. Told from two teens in an arranged marriage, two siblings of the war-ridden native tribe, and a soldier with a secret. Dive into this world of magic, tradition and intrigue. Release date: April 11, 2017


The Upside of Unrequited

by Becky Albertalli
Genre(s): LGBTQ+, Realistic Fiction, Humor. Molly is all about loving from afar and has never been loved back. Her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to get over it, but that’s easy for her to say when she is skinny and confident in her sexuality. But then Cassie’s new girlfriend brings along a hipster boy sidekick, just when Molly notices that her new co-worker is the right amount of nerdy. How can someone go from having no prospects to having too many? Release date: April 11, 2017


Alex and Eliza

by Melissa de la Cruz
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Romance. In love with Hamilton: The Musical?  Then read this origin love story about Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler. It’s 1777, and Alex and Eliza meet for the first time at the Schuylers’ ball, beginning a love story that alters the course of American history. Release date: April 11, 2017


Defy the Stars

by Claudia Gray
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Adventure, Suspense. Noemi is a space soldier for the planet Genesis. In the middle of a battle she gets stranded on a floating piece of machinery run by the AI, Abel. Their relationship grows complicated as Abel is forced to submit to Noemi as his commander and aid her as she journeys to save her planet, all while his feelings grow into something more human. Release date: April 4, 2017


Letters to the Lost

by Brigid Kemmerer
Genre(s): Realistic Fiction, Romance. Juliet writes letters to her mother, an investigative international journalist. She continues to write letters, leaving them on her mom’s grave after her unexpected death. Declan reads one of these haunting letters and can’t help but write back. This begins a relationship neither one ever expected — discovering truths that might save them or tear them apart. Release date: April 4, 2017