Douglas County Libraries Set to Launch Into Summer Reading

For immediate release: April 26, 2021

Douglas County Libraries’ annual summer reading celebration is going To Books & Beyond in 2021! Pre-registration for Galaxy DCL begins Saturday, May 1, at DCL.org and the program officially kicks off Saturday, June 5.

“We’re thrilled to be open for Summer Reading,” said DCL Special Events Supervisor Kristen Kallio. “It’s such a fun tradition for us, and a great way to spark new enjoyment of reading for all ages. This year we feel it’s especially important for kids and helping them maintain their educational achievements from a pretty unusual year of learning.”

Summer Reading kickoff celebrations will be held June 9-11 at various locations throughout Douglas County, including the libraries and other outdoor venues, with treats, activities, and special guests from the Space Foundation.

All participants who pre-register for Galaxy DCL will be entered into the library’s 10 Days of Giveaways prize drawings in June, and will receive other fun sign-up prizes, including coupons to Rocket Fizz and Parry’s Pizza, and goal-based prizes all summer. The annual school contest for the most sign-ups is back, and this year’s community reading goal of 8 million minutes read benefits the Douglas Land Conservancy with a $1,000 gift, courtesy of the Douglas County Libraries Foundation, if met.

Summer Reading joins Outdoor Storytime in welcoming DCL customers back to in-person events and experiences. Kids Corners in the libraries are now open, and playscapes will reopen this spring. DCL’s Parker location will debut its brand-new playscape, U-Fix-It Pit Stop, this summer.

For more information on Summer Reading and other library events, visit DCL.org or call (303) 791-7323.

Douglas County Libraries elevates our community by inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection.

Library’s HistoryGeo Launch Aids Genealogical and Local History Research

For immediate release: March 24, 2021

The Archives & Local History department at Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is excited to launch HistoryGeo, an interactive database for mapping land patent recipients, Douglas County historic sites, and other resources that can aid genealogical and local history research. HistoryGeo is conveniently available to customers remotely as well as from any DCL location with the use of a library card.

Through HistoryGeo, users can search by surnames, geographical features, place names, or latitude and longitude. Search results are displayed on interactive maps with modern street overlays, and results are linked to Bureau of Land Management records, Google maps, and DCL Archives & Local History materials. A growing list of local history markers are available to aid research into Douglas County historical sites.

Visit DCL.org/research/all-databases to connect to this unique and free resource.

For more information, call DCL’s Archives & Local History department at (303) 688-7730 or email localhistory@dclibraries.org.

Douglas County Libraries elevates our community by inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection.

DCL Summer Camps Help Kids Make Up for Lost Social, Learning Time

For immediate release: March 2, 2021

Summer camp is the perfect place for kids to be kids, especially after the last year of evolving school schedules and modified activities. Douglas County Libraries is excited to offer an array of in-person summer camps for kids ages 4-11 at Camp DCL, June 7-August 6. Kids can connect with peers, have fun, and expand their skills and knowledge through interactive, hands-on activities, with precautions in place for health and safety.

“It’s been a year of back and forth for our kids, shuffling between in-person and remote learning and missing friends and activities that help them thrive,” said Kristen Kallio, Special Events Supervisor at DCL. “We’re excited about our Camp DCL options this summer, and we want every camper to have a great experience.”

DCL’s summer camps are available at six locations—Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, and Roxborough. Registration for the weeklong camps is open at DCL.org/camp-dcl. There are also a few spots remaining for DCL’s spring break camps in Lone Tree and Parker, March 15-19.

At DCL, campers can explore cooking, coding, robotics, art, engineering, science, and LEGO adventures. Some of the summer camps offered include:

  • Rollercoaster Science Camp
  • Kinderbots Robotics Camp
  • Mission to Mars and Adventures in Space Science Camps
  • We Love Pets! and There’s No Place Like Space! Art Camps
  • Castles, Kingdoms & Wizards and Basics of Minecraft LEGO Camps
  • High-Flying Catapults Engineering Camp
  • Kids’ Cooking Network and Cameras, Cooks & Kids Film Camps
  • Gaming With Scratch Coding Camp
  • And many others

Visit DCL.org/camp-dcl for the full list of summer camps as well as spring break camp openings.

Parents can choose from half-day camps or full-day camps (at select DCL locations, at a 10% discount). All camps are facilitated by subject matter experts and are supported by trained DCL staff and volunteers.

DCL adheres to all state and local health department guidelines for operations and events.

While Camp DCL is budget-friendly for families, scholarships may be available from the Douglas County Libraries Foundation for qualified campers.

To register for Camp DCL or to learn more about the camps and scholarship opportunities, visit DCL.org/camp-dcl.

Douglas County Libraries elevates our community by inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection.

DCL Tops 1 Million E-book and Audiobook Checkouts in 2020

For immediate release: December 1, 2020

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) reached a record-breaking number of digital book checkouts in 2020, surpassing the 1 million mark in November. This milestone highlights the continued growth and importance of the library’s digital lending of e-books and audiobooks, especially in a year that included building closures due to the global pandemic.

“Our senior leadership team saw a need unlike any we’ve ever seen for digital materials this year, and they responded with funding to meet the demands of our community,” said DCL Collection Development Librarian Andrea Wyant.

DCL has offered 24/7 access to e-books and audiobooks through OverDrive and the Libby reading app for several years. As a result of the pandemic, DCL enhanced its digital library to accommodate more digital checkouts and less wait time, and added a Skip the Line feature for instant checkout of items similar to Your Lucky Day items in its branches.

The 1 millionth checkout in OverDrive was “The Other Einstein” by Marie Benedict, and the most popular e-book and audiobook checked out this year is “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens.

All readers need to access digital books from DCL is a valid library card, and they can use any major device, including Apple, Android, Chromebook and Kindle.

Readers may access DCL’s digital library at DCL.org/digital-media or via the library’s catalog. For information on library operating hours and safety protocols, visit DCL.org/safety-notice.

Douglas County Libraries elevates our community by inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection.

DCL Study Halls Offer Tutoring and Student Support

For immediate release: October 5, 2020

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is pleased to offer its new Study Hall + Student Support service for middle and high school students who might be struggling with online learning. The free service, part of the DCL Learning Lab, offers dedicated space for students in grades 6-12 to work on school assignments and get help with math, language arts, and science from qualified tutors on-site.

The topic-specific Study Halls are available Monday-Thursday in morning and afternoon sessions, 8-11 a.m. or 1-4 p.m., at DCL’s Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, and Parker locations.

  • Math at Castle Rock (100 S. Wilcox St.)
  • Language Arts at Highlands Ranch (9292 S. Ridgeline Blvd.)
  • Science at Parker (20105 East Mainstreet)

Registration is required at DCL.org/learning-lab; please schedule only one session per student per day. Space is limited to accommodate social distancing guidelines, and DCL adheres to all health guidelines and mandates regarding masks. All tables and surfaces in the rooms are sanitized during the break between sessions each day.

“We hope that these study halls and the professional tutors will help support parents and teachers who are stretched thin with the pressures of blended learning and all that it entails for schools and families,” said Kerri Morgan, DCL’s Department Head Special Events.

For more information on Study Hall + Student Support and to register for a session, visit DCL.org/learning-lab or call (303) 791-7323.

The DCL Learning Lab also offers enrichment camps for elementary students ages 5-10, with new camps available after Douglas County School District’s fall break. Visit DCL.org/learning-lab to learn more.

Douglas County Libraries elevates our community by inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection.