Category: Contests

Win a Chance to Meet Author Sarah J. Maas!

Tickets to see Sarah J. Maas on Wednesday, September 13, at the Lone Tree Arts Center have sold out, but you still have a chance to get in and meet (and have a book personalized by) the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series. Here’s how!

Enter Our Instagram Contest for a Chance to Win!

#SJMatDCL Contest

Entering the contest is easy! Simply follow @dclcolorado on Instagram; share a photo on your own feed of a #bookstagram featuring one of Sarah’s  books; and then tag @dclcolorado in the post and use the hashtag #SJMatDCL.

Winner receives a free event ticket, including a signed hardcover copy of Tower of Dawn (her new book!), and a guaranteed meeting/photo op with the author herself.

Deadline for entries is Monday, August 28, at 6PM. If you win, you’ll also receive a print of your winning Instagram photo, signed by Sarah J. Maas and mounted for hanging. The winner will be announced Friday, September 1. You could be famous!



NovelCon: Costume Contest

Voting is open for our 2017 NovelCon Costume Contest! Check out these amazing designs and then vote for your top-three favorites in the comments section below the photos!

Number 1 Harry Potter


Number 2 Hermione Granger


Number 3 Queen Of Hearts and Card Soldier


Number 4 Ranger Maddie


Number 5 Ranger Gilan 


Number 6 Ranger Samuel 


Number 7 Link

Please vote for your three favorite designs in the comments section below (click here if you don’t see it). You must vote for three different designs for your vote to be counted. Simply list them like this:


First Place: photo # [fill in favorite costume number]

Second Place: photo # [fill in second-favorite costume number]

Third Place: photo # [fill in third-favorite costume number]


All positive comments will be published, votes will not be displayed. One online vote per person please.

Thanks for participating in this year’s costume contest, please share with friends and family so they can vote as well!

NovelCon: Answers from 221B Baker Street

Thanks to all who participated at NovelCon this year!

The answer to this year’s mystery is listed below!
Be sure to vote in the costume contest, going on now!


A Case of Singular Identity

What Really Happened


As Edith prepares to begin her walk down the aisle towards her betrothed, Hermann von Helmholtz, there is a knock at the front door.  Though the usher, who is also her former lab assistant, offers to receive the last minute attendees, Edith insists on welcoming them herself.  However, instead of additional guests, she is greeted with a long awaited telegram from the University of Barcelona, which will bring her news of whether or not she has been accepted for their coveted professorship in experimental science.  Risking being late to the alter, she can’t resist ducking into her laboratory, dress, veil and all, for a quick look at the telegram’s contents.  To her astonishment, her application has been declined!  It seems the professorship has been awarded to someone else, someone who had submitted the same findings before her.  From the telegram, she surmises that her work has been stolen by someone close to her – could it be Hermann?!?  Has he stolen and submitted her findings before she could – and has thus been named the discoverer?

She thinks this can easily be sorted out – but she must immediately contact the university!  As she rushes to open the door.  Through her veil she sees Hermann von Helmholtz III, the usher, at the threshold.  As he plunges a knife in to her breast, she grabs his bowtie and then falls to her death.  As the music plays on, Hermann yells “get a doctor” and hides in the shadows as you come out and discover the scene of the crime.  Hermann quickly slips into the wedding and stands among the other attendees.


Winners will be contacted directly with instructions on how to claim their award!



2017 Teen Photo Contest Winners

After hundreds of votes, both online and in person, and careful consideration by our judges, here are the winners of the 2017 Teen Photography Contest.

Congratulations to all the awesome photographers who submitted photos and were bold enough to put their work out there for the world (at least a small portion of it) to see!


First Place: Saloni Dangre


Second Place: David Walker


Third Place: Audrey Gotcher



Honorable Mention: Gabe Wygant


Teen Photo Contest Is Back!



2014 First Place Photo by Elle McCombs
2014 First Place Photo by Elle McCombs


After a three-year break, the Teen Photography Contest is back at Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller (PSM)! Whether you’re an aspiring photographer or you just like snapping pics, we want your photos! We’re accepting entries from March 27-April 5.


To register, bring your photo to the Aloha Teen Tower at the PSM branch in both a print and digital format. Entries will only be accepted from March 27-April 5.

Starting April 6, visit the 2017 Teen Photo Contest blog or stop by the library in person to view all the photos and vote on your favorites. Winners will be selected based on popular vote and by a panel of judges. Prizes will be awarded at the Awards Reception in the Aloha Teen Tower on Tuesday, May 2.

You can view and print the 2017 Teen Photography Contest Rules here, pick up a copy in the Aloha Teen Tower prior to submitting your entry, or email me at to request a copy.

Now go take some photos!