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


Books for ‘X-Files’ Fans

If you’re attracted to stories about the strange and unexplained, give these titles a shot — they’re perfect for X-Files fans!


Agent of Chaos

by Kami Garcia
In the spring of 1979, 17-year-old Fox Mulder is the new senior in high school — his father’s way of trying to help the family move on after the disappearance of Mulder’s little sister. But when a local boy turns up dead and another child is abducted, Mulder can’t stop himself from getting involved, and he finds himself on the trail of a serial killer.


Devil’s Advocate

by Jonathan Maberry
In the spring of 1979, 15-year-old Dana Scully is the new girl at school in Craiger, Maryland. But worse than that, her dreams — some of which, in the past, came true — have become more vivid and disturbing, and are haunted by a shadowy figure that could be an angel, or the devil. When a classmate who recently died in a car accident appears in Dana’s dreams, she begins to investigate, uncovering more suspicious deaths. With the evidence mounting, she must face the dangerous knowledge that evil is real.


Meteor Men (Graphic Novel)

by Jeff Parker
On a summer night, Alden Baylor sits in a field watching the largest meteor shower in human history. What begins as teenage adventure becomes something more — the celestial event brings travelers who will change the world completely, and Alden discovers a connection to one of them. How does a young man who had to grow up fast handle the invasion of his planet? Can Alden save humanity from oblivion?


The Taking

by Kimberly Derting

When 16-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed, yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. She turns to Austin’s kid brother, Tyler. As they retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and to reclaim the life she once had. But what if the life she wants back is not her own?



by Malinda Lo

Reese can’t remember anything from the time between the accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: She’s different now.

Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands of people die. Fearing terrorism, the U.S. government grounds all flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.

Reese and her debate team partner, and longtime crush, David are in Arizona when it happens. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway at night in the middle of Nevada, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor won’t tell them what happened, where they are, or how they’ve been miraculously healed.


We Are the Ants

by Shaun Hutchinson

There are a few things Henry Denton knows, and a few things he doesn’t. Henry knows that his mom is struggling to keep the family together, and she’s coping by chain-smoking cigarettes. He knows that his older brother is a college dropout with a pregnant girlfriend. He knows that he is slowly losing his grandmother to Alzheimer’s. And he knows that his boyfriend committed suicide last year.

What Henry doesn’t know is why the aliens chose to abduct him when he was 13, and he doesn’t know why they continue to steal him from his bed and take him aboard their ship. He doesn’t know why the world is going to end or why the aliens have offered him the opportunity to avert the impending disaster by pressing a big red button. But they have. And they’ve only given him 144 days to make up his mind.

2017 SYNC Program From AudioFile

Get two free teen e-audiobook downloads a week from April 27 to August 16, 2017, through the 2017 SYNC program. That’s 32 audiobooks you can download to your OverDrive app for free! You can sign up for email or text alerts from AudioFile to learn about the weekly releases or check back on our blog for regular updates.

Download this week’s free audiobooks.

More About This Week’s Giveaways

Dead House

Picture of Dorian Gray

The Dead House, by Dawn Kurtagich

Chilling, creepy and utterly compelling, this is one of those very special books that finds all the dark places in your imagination, and then haunts you long after you’ve finished reading. – Goodreads.com

Check out Douglas County Libraries material: Book






The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. – Goodreads.com

Check out Douglas County Libraries materials: BookPlayaway, E-Book, Audiobook








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, leicher@dclibraries.org
  • Castle Rock, Philip S. Miller: Jennifer Rawson, (303) 688-7637, jrawson@dclibraries.org
  • Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue: Kim McClintock, (720) 348-9541, kmcclintock@dclibraries.org
  • Lone Tree: Teresa LeFevre, (303) 764-3312, tlefevre@dclibraries.org
  • Parker: Aimee Drury, (303) 764-3339, adrury@dclibraries.org