Douglas County Libraries to Host First-Ever Family Fête

For immediate release: July 6, 2021

Douglas County Libraries is pleased to host its very first Family Fête, an entertaining fundraising event for families with kids ages 4-10, benefiting the Douglas County Libraries Foundation. The Little Mermaid: A Family Shellabration will take place Saturday, August 28, at DCL in Lone Tree (10055 Library Way) from 6-9 p.m. All event proceeds directly support the DCL Foundation’s mission to positively impact community members so they can grow and thrive.

According to Jaime Gotlieb, Community Services and Partnership Manager at DCL, the Family Fête is a spinoff of the DCL Foundation’s annual Fête des Fables Gala fundraising event, which celebrates a different literary fable each year.

“Our debut Family Fête is a Little Mermaid-inspired party that will include many fun and exciting experiences designed especially for families, including photo ops, stories with mermaids, music, and delicious food and drinks,” Gotlieb said.

The library’s Lone Tree location will transform into the undersea world of Ariel and friends for the evening. Families are encouraged to bring their little ones in their favorite mermaid costumes and enjoy meeting mermaids, face painting, a live DJ, and theatrical performances.

Included in each ticket purchase is a catered menu from dining stations like Prince Eric’s Poke Bowl, Sebastian’s Sliders, Ariel’s Shells & Cheese, and Over the Top Dogs, capped off with chocolate delights and a cotton candy bar to satisfy every sweet tooth.

Other entertaining experiences will include kid-friendly crafts and make-and-takes, like Ursula’s Magic Potion and a Salty Sea Scrub; a special mermaid Storytime and photo booth; and a fun shell pull where guests can pay $10 to pick a shell and win a stuffed sea animal valued from $5 to $50. Guests may also take part in an exciting silent auction, with all event proceeds benefiting the DCL Foundation.

Tickets to The Little Mermaid: A Family Shellabration are $50 per adult and $25 per child. For more information and to buy tickets, visit or call (303) 791-7323.

For more information on the Fête des Fables Gala: The Little Mermaid for adults on Friday, September 24, visit


The DCL Foundation delivers funding and resources to help sustain Douglas County Libraries to positively impact community members so they can grow and thrive. The Foundation provides scholarships and financial support for customers attending various DCL programs with associated small fees, such as Camp DCL for kids and high school equivalency testing for adults. Thanks to these scholarships, kids in families facing financial hardship get the chance to play and learn at the library’s weeklong spring and summer day camps, and adults are able to achieve their high school graduation goals.

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

Douglas County Libraries’ Operating Hours Are Changing

For immediate release: July 1, 2021

Beginning Monday, July 5, all seven locations of Douglas County Libraries will have new operating hours. For most library locations, the new hours will be Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday/Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The new hours at DCL’s Louviers location will shift to 3-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays.

According to DCL leadership, the change in operating hours is in response to customer traffic and event/meeting room needs, which have been reviewed over a number of years. DCL is making these changes to support the way its customers use the libraries and to create consistency of hours across the library district.

For more information, visit or call (303) 791-7323.

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

Birthday Parties at DCL Are a Treat for Parents

For immediate release: June 22, 2021

Douglas County Libraries is pleased to offer customized birthday parties for kids ages 2-7 at its library locations and beyond, making birthday celebrations a breeze for busy parents. The library’s parties incorporate the love of stories and play in three fun themes: Once Upon a Time, Fantasy and Folklore, and Things That Roar. And dress-up is always encouraged.

Parents have options when choosing to celebrate with DCL, from the traditional in-library party to birthday party kits to go that are perfect for summer celebrations. The in-library parties, offered at DCL’s Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, and Roxborough locations on Saturdays and Sundays, are two hours and cost $195 for up to 12 children (including the birthday child). DCL’s professional event planners handle all party planning, cleanup, and on-site coordination.

DCL’s to-go party kits are a handy option for parents who choose to celebrate at home or outdoors and may be picked up from any DCL location for $50. The kit offers an optional inflatable water slide rental (available through Labor Day) for an additional $70 fee, which includes delivery and on-site setup, and an optional decorate-it-yourself dessert from a local bakery for an additional $25 fee.

The in-library parties and to-go kits include the choice of three fun party themes and décor, a gift book for the birthday child, age-appropriate goody bags with snacks and toys, age-appropriate activities and crafts, thank-you notes for use after the party, and more.

Visit for more information on each option or to book a party, or call (303) 688-7605.

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

Kids Get ‘Under the Hood’ at DCL’s Newest Play Space in Parker

For immediate release: June 8, 2021

You could hear the excitement and the glug-glug of faux automotive fluids flowing at the grand opening of the U-Fix-It Pit Stop auto shop at Douglas County Libraries in Parker (20105 East Mainstreet), the library’s newest interactive children’s playscape. The museum-quality installation, which opened in the children’s area June 3, features a standalone car and playful facets of a real-life auto shop.

Working out of the shop’s tool box and from the service desk, kids can act out all kinds of automotive servicing activities using their imaginations and provided play materials, equipment, and devices. If they can imagine car troubles, they can fix them!

Kids can trigger a variety of sound effects when they get under the hood of the lift-mounted car to add fluids (glug-glug), change the air filter, and check the battery and oil level. They can use the creeper to roll under the vehicle to replace the muffler and tailpipe, and they’ll have fun changing the tires using lug nuts and a realistic-sounding pneumatic drill.

There’s so much play work to be done! One mini mechanic was overheard saying, “OK, I think it’s time to repair the whole thing.”

Children will also enjoy the variety of colorful personalized license plates and bumper stickers they can add to the car.

The Parker library is the latest Douglas County Libraries location to install this type of self-guided play environment for children. Other playscapes at the libraries include The Market at Highlands Ranch, Playful Pets animal clinic and grooming spa at Lone Tree, Little Letters Post Office at Castle Pines, and Mission Control at Roxborough—all of which are now open for play, along with all Douglas County Libraries locations.

The play spaces at Douglas County Libraries offer a hands-on, interactive break from technology for kids, where their imaginations have no limits. Visit or call (303) 791-7323 for more information.

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

DCL Foundation Is off to the Races in Annual Ducky Derby

For immediate release: May 12, 2021

The Douglas County Libraries (DCL) Foundation is racing in the 25th annual Ducky Derby, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Castle Rock. The Foundation is competing in the virtual Ducky Race for a $1,000 prize against five other nonprofits. The nonprofit with the most cheers by June 13 (Ducky Derby day) wins!

The Foundation’s competitor is Duckleberry Finn, who is racing to inspire a love of reading, discovery and connection (special thanks to Amanda J. from Instagram, who suggested the name via @dclcolorado). This summer, Duckleberry’s taking his adventures into the galaxy, trading the Mississippi River for the Milky Way to inspire a space-themed summer reading program. Duckleberry also puts donations to good use by making sure that kiddos can attend seasonal camps on everything from physics to cooking and art; adults have the help they need to obtain their GEDs; and that the tiniest tots are welcomed to earth with new books and library cards.

People can cheer for Duckleberry Finn by purchasing raffle tickets online for the Ducky Derby, $5 per ticket, or by making a donation to the Castle Rock Rotary. Once the online purchase or donation is made, people may cheer for Duckleberry or any nonprofit in the race.

“It is exciting to be part of the derby and we want to get as many cheers as possible,” said Jaime Gotlieb, Community Services and Partnership Manager at DCL. “I hope people will cheer us on and spread the word. These cheers may help further support DCL’s mission as well as the Rotary.”

To cheer on Duckleberry Finn in support of the DCL Foundation, purchase a raffle ticket online by June 13.

About the Douglas County Libraries Foundation

The DCL Foundation delivers funding and resources to help sustain the Douglas County Libraries to positively impact our community members so they can grow and thrive. For more information, visit

About Rotary Club of Castle Rock

Rotary Club of Castle Rock is a local community service organization that believes in Service Above Self. The club has distributed an average of $50,000 per year to nonprofits to support basic needs, emergency support, victims assistance, education, and related projects. For more information, visit

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