Castle Rock Library Preparing for Move, New Construction Progressing

For immediate release: May 15, 2023

Current library to close May 22 until new library’s grand opening, August 26.

Douglas County Libraries in Castle Rock will soon begin moving into its newly constructed building at 100 S. Wilcox Street, in front of the existing library. The library’s Archives and Local History department closed on May 1 to prepare for its transition to the new building, and beginning May 22 the current library will be closed to the public until the new library opens, scheduled for August 26. There will be no access to ALH or the current or new library during that time.

Castle Rock library customers may visit any other open DCL location to enjoy the full range of library services, programs, and events during the closure. Alternate Storytimes and outdoor Storytime will be offered at substitute locations in Castle Rock. Detailed closure information is available at

Meanwhile, construction is progressing on the new building, inside and out.

“We anticipated supply chain issues during COVID and bought out the project’s materials, for things like HVAC, electrical components, roofing material, carpet, and so on,” said Rick O’Dell, Interim Special Projects Manager at DCL. “We warehoused those materials to avoid the risk of schedule delays due to something potentially sitting on a ship off the coast of California. That locked in material prices and allowed us to get ahead of the inflationary curve and availability challenges post-COVID.”

O’Dell said the library’s interior is 95% complete. Carpeting, ceilings and lights are in place, HVAC is running, restrooms are finished, and interior finishing details are being completed. Sorter installation is scheduled to start on June 1.

The exterior of the building is also coming together. All exterior windows are expected to be finished by mid-May, and the new Aloha Plazas East and West are taking shape as the work progresses toward the August 26 Grand Opening.

The new 62,000-square-foot building will include features consistent with DCL’s other library locations, including a drive-through book return, interactive children’s playscape, 10 study rooms, five larger meeting and event spaces, and outdoor Aloha Plazas East and West. The library will also continue to house DCL’s districtwide services teams and Archives and Local History, its collections, and the Sjostrom History Lounge reading room.

Demolition of the current library will begin in early summer to make way for the new library’s parking lot, which will provide a minimum of 220 spaces for customers and staff when completed.

In addition to working with Fransen Pittman General Contractors of Englewood, Colo., DCL has contracted with OPN Architects of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for library design.

Visit for ongoing updates and information about the building project.

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Dog Days of Summer Reading Are Coming to Douglas County Libraries

For immediate release: May 3, 2023

Douglas County Libraries is kicking off another exciting summer of fun with its 2023 Summer Reading celebration, The Dog Days of Summer, sponsored by Douglas County Libraries Foundation. Pre-registration for all ages is now open at, with the official kickoff on Saturday, June 3.

“We hope the community will sign up and join us in having fun with reading all summer long,” said Kristen Kallio, Special Events Supervisor at DCL. “We’ve also got a great lineup of dog-themed events all summer, fun prizes, 15 days of giveaways just for signing up, our K-12 school contest, and so much more!”

All participants who register for the Dog Days of Summer will be entered into the library’s Days of Giveaways prize drawings in June and July, and will receive other fun prizes for signing up. Registered participants can pick up registration prizes, reading logs, and a special, limited-time gift, while supplies last, at a kickoff on Saturday, June 3. The special gift is available only on June 3, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

K-12 students are encouraged to participate in the friendly annual school contest for the most sign-ups and help their school earn $500, and all Dog Days of Summer participants can read and log minutes to help meet DCL’s community goal of 9 million minutes of reading. If the goal is met, Douglas County Libraries Foundation will donate $1,000 to Guide Dogs for the Blind, which seeks to provide a safe means of mobility for people who are blind and visually impaired.

Register for the Dog Days of Summer and related events at For more information, visit or call (303) 791-7323.

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New Castle Rock Library Taking Shape: Construction Update

For immediate release: March 2, 2023

The existing Castle Rock library is open during construction.

Construction of Douglas County Libraries’ new building in Castle Rock is progressing with a projected opening in late summer 2023. The two-story, 62,000-square-foot building is located in front of the existing library (100 S. Wilcox Street), which will be demolished upon completion of the new building to make way for a 220-space parking lot.

“The next few weeks will be quite busy outside our new building,” said Rick O’Dell, DCL’s Interim Special Projects Manager, adding that construction partner Fransen Pittman will continue to lay out site work, trench and install utilities, and install the building’s exterior cladding and windows.

Inside, the library is taking shape as well, with drywall hung on both floors. Tile work in first-floor restrooms is complete with second floor tiling in process. Installation of the ceiling grid on the first floor is underway, and recessed ceiling light fixtures will follow. Interior priming and painting continues.

Construction subcontractors are finishing miscellaneous mechanical, electrical and plumbing work on the first floor, and data cable is being installed.

Meanwhile, the existing library remains open to customers during construction.

The new library will be 17,000 square feet bigger than the existing building, with 42,000 square feet of dedicated library space to serve the growing Castle Rock community into the future. DCL’s administrative offices and Archives & Local History department and its collections will also be housed in the building.

In addition to working with Fransen Pittman General Contractors of Englewood, Colo., DCL has contracted with OPN Architects of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for library design.

Visit for updates and information about the building project.

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Douglas County Libraries Hosts ‘The Sammy Project’ in Support of Mental Health

For immediate release: February 16, 2023

Photography show lays a foundation for destigmatizing mental health.

Douglas County Libraries is proud to host The Sammy Project, a traveling photography show that brings awareness to mental health and seeks to destigmatize it through personal portraits and stories of young adults living with mental health challenges. The Sammy Project, by Whitney Yeager, is on display at the library’s Castle Rock location (100 S. Wilcox St.) through February, and will travel to the libraries in Highlands Ranch in March, Parker in April, and Lone Tree in May.

“The power of the Sammy Project is that it shows the faces of mental health and tells their stories,” said Jaime Gotlieb, Community Services and Partnerships Manager at Douglas County Libraries (DCL). “Hopefully, by normalizing conversations around mental health, more people will open up about their struggles and seek the support and help they need in whatever way is most appropriate.”

The stories shared in the Sammy Project can show others who might be struggling that they are not alone and that happiness and success are completely within reach.

According to Gotlieb, mental health is a strategic priority for DCL. “We are looking for opportunities to support the very important work being done in our communities by mental health professionals in different community organizations,” she said.

DCL currently has active relationships with several organizations, including Douglas County Mental Health Initiative, AllHealth Network, and Douglas County School District. In addition, Douglas County Libraries Foundation has provided books to groups such as SecondAct Women and Douglas County School District to help support mental health programming.

The library also takes the mental health of its employees seriously, providing training and resources for staff to use personally and/or in their work.

“Ultimately, we would love to be part of the solution of encouraging the positive mental health of our communities,” Gotlieb said.

The Sammy Project exhibit at DCL is free and open during normal library hours. For more information, visit

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About The Sammy Project

The Sammy Project is a photography show in honor of Sam Yeager, artist Whitney Yeager’s son. It takes great courage to write about one’s mental health, which traditionally is kept very private. In doing so, the participants in this project take agency over their struggles, and in the process we honor our son, brother, grandson, friend and neighbor Samuel Boone Yeager, whose life was cut short in 2021. Had he felt comfortable to talk about his mental illness and ask for help, Sam might still be here today.

The mission of this photography show is to lay the foundation toward destigmatizing mental health. With suicide on the rise (Colorado is traditionally listed in the top 10 states in the nation for suicide), having an open attitude about our internal struggles is more important than ever before. If people could talk as easily about mental health as they can about diabetes or any other ailment, countless lives could be improved and possibly saved. Learn more at Anyone interested in participating in the project may email Whitney at the following email address:

Douglas County Libraries Announces Partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

For immediate release: February 7, 2023

Together with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Douglas County Libraries is sending books to children in Douglas County.

CASTLE ROCK, Colo.—Douglas County Libraries is excited to put great books into the hands of children across Douglas County through its new partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Through the Imagination Library, children from birth to age five receive high-quality, age-appropriate books every month, for free, that they get to keep.

“We are thrilled to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to DCL and to provide even more literacy-rich experiences to children in Douglas County,” said Mary Lanni, Youth Literacy Outreach Specialist at Douglas County Libraries. “This program is the perfect complement to our early literacy programs and our broader vision of inspiring a love of reading, discovery and connection in our community.”

Parents and guardians may register their children from birth to age five to get started receiving books every month, delivered directly to them. Every child in a family may participate, including twins, and receive their own age-appropriate book when registered individually. There is no charge for participating in the program.

“We know that reading to children builds strong foundations in literacy and increases the potential for learning success in school,” said Lanni. “By reaching the 19,000-plus children under age five in Douglas County through this program, we are aiming to support school readiness as children and their caregivers are offered even more opportunities to read together.”

Funding for the program in Douglas County is currently provided equally by the State of Colorado’s Imagination Library program funds and Douglas County Libraries.

Visit to learn more and register for the program.

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About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book-gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has gifted over 200 million free books in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and The Republic of Ireland. This is achieved through funding shared by The Dollywood Foundation and local community partners. The Imagination Library mails more than 2 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to enrolled children from birth to age five. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading and inspiring children to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More.

The program has been widely researched and results demonstrate its positive impact on early childhood development and literacy skills. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. For more information, please visit