Your DCL Schoolkit

It’s August, and that means students are heading back to school. As a reminder, DCL’s “schoolkit” includes a variety of tools and resources to keep learners on top of their game throughout the school year.

Online Databases & Lessons

Our student research resources are conveniently categorized by grade level, making it easier to find the info needed for projects and studying. All your student needs is a library card—get one here if needed.

  • Students of all ages and levels can access live homework help and tutoring through Brainfuse. Spanish-speaking tutors are also available.
  • The Britannica online encyclopedia offers three age-appropriate levels and can be accessed from any device, including tablets and smartphones.
  • Our full collection of databases for schoolwork, research and more can be found here.

Need help finding the right books to match your child’s reading level? Try AR BookFinder and Scholastic’s Book Wizard.

Foreign language lessons can boost classroom learning, and they’re available for free through Mango. Choose from over 70 languages.

Kanopy offers The Great Courses, a series of college-level video courses covering a variety of subjects.

Library Programs & Amenities

Bark for Books – Kids ages 6-12 can boost literacy skills and reading confidence by reading out loud to trained therapy dogs.

Reading Buddies – Trained teen volunteers work with struggling readers in grades 1-3 to help them improve skills. Ask a librarian for more information.

Private Study Rooms – Reserve them with a library card at our Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker and Roxborough locations.

Parker Recording Studio – The perfect place to create videos, musical compositions, and other digital school projects—state-of-the-art video and recording equipment included! Reserve the Recording Studio with a DCL library card.

Archives & Local History – This local and state history resource is at our Castle Rock location and online.

Community Service Opportunities

DCL needs volunteers, and students need community service credits for high school graduation—it’s a perfect match! Volunteers can assist with fun library events, participate in Reading Buddies or Teen Library Council, and perform other general library duties for credit.

Visit and search Volunteer Opportunities with Douglas County Libraries to get started.

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