New Castle Rock Library Marks Construction Milestone

For immediate release: September 6, 2022

The existing Castle Rock library is open during construction.

Construction of Douglas County Libraries’ new building in Castle Rock is progressing, with the latest project milestone celebrated on Thursday, September 1. DCL’s leadership team and staff gathered to sign the last structural beam going up in the building, which was then set in place by construction partner Fransen Pittman. The milestone marks the end of the structural steel phase of the building project.

“It’s hard to believe it was just over one month ago, on August 1, that we set our first steel column, and look where we are today,” said DCL Interim Special Projects Manager Rick O’Dell.

Upcoming construction highlights include the delivery and installation of the library’s grand staircase and second-floor deck pan in early September, followed by installation of the roof deck pan and underground wet utilities.

The new 62,000-square-foot library is going up in front of the existing library at 100 South Wilcox Street and will be 17,000 square feet bigger, with 42,000 square feet of dedicated library space. DCL’s administrative offices and Archives & Local History department and its collections will also be housed in the building.

Features of the new library include 220 parking spaces; a drive-through book return; an interactive children’s play space; outdoor patios and community spaces; high-tech, multi-use meeting, event and study spaces; and other amenities that will serve customers in the growing Castle Rock community well into the future. Meanwhile, the existing Castle Rock library remains open during construction.

Construction by Fransen Pittman General Contractors of Englewood, Colo., is scheduled for completion in fall 2023. DCL has contracted with OPN Architects of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for library design.

Visit DCL.org/build for more information about the building project.

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DCL Brew Tour Offers a Taste of Community and Local Businesses

For immediate release: August 10, 2022

Douglas County Libraries is excited to introduce its 2022 Brew Tour, inviting Douglas County residents to connect with the library, each other, and local businesses in the community through September 30. The Brew Tour includes more than a dozen craft breweries and coffeehouses, as well as a number of exclusive events at select partner and library locations.

DCL Special Events Manager Kerri Morgan said the Brew Tour aims to reach Douglas County residents where they are.

“Libraries and breweries are more closely aligned than it might seem,” Morgan said. “Both are community-focused organizations that also serve as community gathering spaces. They both focus on supporting and developing the local economy, and both encourage customers to bond over a shared passion. For libraries, our passion is books; for breweries, it’s beer.”

Brew Tour participants can win prizes and rewards by logging visits to the different participating partner establishments during August and September, and they are automatically entered into DCL’s Grand Prize drawing for a Happy Brew Year, consisting of one premium stainless steel growler filled twice by each participating brewery plus free coffee. They can also earn points toward prizes by attending exclusive DCL-hosted Brew Tour events, like trivia night, craft and sip events, books and authors bingo, beer games, and more.

To date, the Brew Tour has generated more than 620 unique visits to breweries and coffee shops in Douglas County, according to Morgan. The first DCL-hosted event on August 5 at DCL’s Highlands Ranch location included nearly 100 guests ages 21-plus partaking in Harry Potter trivia, with Burly Brewing of Castle Rock on-site pouring craft brews.

Participating in the Brew Tour is a free and fun way to support local businesses and make community connections. For more information and to sign up, visit DCL.org/brew-tour. Must be over 21 to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Brew Tour Partners

105 West Brewing Company, Castle Rock

3 Freaks Brewery, Highlands Ranch

Barnett & Son Brewing Co., Parker

Burly Brewing Company, Castle Rock

Crowfoot Valley Coffee, Castle Rock

Downhill Brewing, Parker

Festive Cup Coffee and Boutique, Highlands Ranch

Grist Brewing Company, Highlands Ranch

Grist Lounge, Sterling Ranch

Living the Dream Brewing Company, Littleton

Lone Tree Brewing Company, Lone Tree

Monk & Mongoose Coffee Co., Lone Tree

Rare by Grist Brewery, Lone Tree

Welcome Home Brewery, Parker

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Library’s Family Summer Fête Supports the DCL Foundation, Community Members

For immediate release: August 5, 2022

After a successful inaugural event in 2021, Douglas County Libraries is excited to host its second annual Family Fête fundraiser benefiting Douglas County Libraries Foundation. Tickets are still available for Hansel and Gretel’s Gingerbread Cottage on Saturday, August 27, 6-9 p.m. at DCL in Lone Tree (10055 Library Way). All event proceeds directly support the DCL Foundation’s mission to positively impact community members so they can grow and thrive.

The Family Fête is a spinoff of the DCL Foundation’s annual Fête des Fables Gala fundraiser, which celebrates a different literary fable each year. This year, guests are invited to explore the tale of Hansel and Gretel through exciting activities designed for families with kids ages 4-10.

Families are encouraged to dress in costume and enjoy fun photo ops, face painting in the Witch’s Oven, a mini biergarten and pretzel tasting, live music, dancing, and performances. Other entertaining experiences will include kid-friendly crafts, a tasty make-and-take (to wear and eat), a woodland friends Stuffy Pull, and an exciting silent auction.

Each ticket includes catered food and drinks, including Bavarian-style brat sliders and mini hot dogs, French fry bar with tasty toppings, crudites, fresh fruit and berries, candy dessert bar, pretzel bar, and other treats.

Funds raised at the Family Fête and Fête des Fables Gala support scholarship programs and other library services that give back to the community, including Camp DCL, Career Online High School, Cuddle Up and Read, Operation Paperback, Children’s Hospital, and high school equivalency test prep. The DCL Foundation provided 2,200 Cuddle Up and Read packages for new parents this year, distributed through hospital partners. In 2021, the Foundation funded 21 Camp DCL scholarships, donated 500 books to Children’s Hospital, and shipped 525 books to military members and their families through Operation Paperback.

Tickets to the Family Fête are $50 per adult and $25 per child. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit DCL.org or call (303) 791-7323.

For more information on the Fête des Fables Gala for adults on Friday, October 14, at the Highlands Ranch Mansion, visit DCL.org/fete-des-fables.

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Library Breaks Ground on New Facility in Castle Rock

For immediate release: May 5, 2022

Existing library is open during construction.

Douglas County Libraries officially broke ground on its new Castle Rock library Monday morning, May 2, at 100 S. Wilcox Street (in front of the existing library) with DCL Executive Library Director Bob Pasicznyuk, Town of Castle Rock Mayor Jason Gray, Town of Castle Rock Councilmember Tim Dietz, Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas, and DCL Board of Trustees members.

More than 150 people attended the community celebration that included remarks by Library Director Pasicznyuk, Mayor Gray, and Jeff Pittman of construction partner Fransen Pittman. DCL Head Archivist Alyssa Carver provided a brief history of the library, and of course a children’s construction-themed Storytime was presented, complete with hard hats. The event also included fun photo ops for children and families, crafts, coffee and waffles, and other breakfast treats.

The next stage of the building project begins in June, when concrete foundation work begins.

For more information about the new library, visit DCL.org/build.

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The Magic of Summer Reading Begins at Douglas County Libraries

For immediate release: May 4, 2022

Douglas County Libraries is excited to Unlock the Magic for Summer Reading 2022. Pre-registration for all ages is now open at DCL.org and the program officially kicks off with outdoor parties at DCL locations countywide on Saturday, June 4.

“We have lots of tricks, treats and giveaways up our sleeve this year so we hope our customers and community will join us to celebrate and have fun reading all summer long,” said DCL Special Events Supervisor Kristen Kallio.

All participants who register for Unlock the Magic Summer Reading will be entered into the library’s Days of Giveaways prize drawings in June and July, and will receive other fun sign-up and challenge prizes. Kickoff parties on June 4 will feature Kona Ice treats and snacks, fun arts and crafts, life-size games, prize-wheel activities, bubbles and sidewalk chalk, and guests from Science Matters who will create science magic; registration is required.

Kids can also participate in the friendly annual school contest for the most sign-ups and help their school earn $500, and all Unlock the Magic participants can read toward meeting DCL’s community goal of 8.5 million minutes read. If the goal is met, the Douglas County Libraries Foundation will donate $1,000 to AllHealth Network, which works to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families in the community through compassionate, integrated behavioral health services.

Register for Unlock the Magic, kickoff parties, and related summer events at DCL.org. For more information, visit DCL.org or call (303) 791-7323.

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