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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.

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

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.

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

Douglas County Libraries Is Growing in Castle Rock

For immediate release: April 4, 2022

Douglas County Libraries is excited to start construction on a new library facility in Castle Rock. Prompted by growth in the Castle Rock community, DCL’s new library will offer added space and features to serve its Castle Rock customers well into the future. It will also equip the library’s districtwide services teams with the necessary spaces for their work.

The new facility will be built in front of the existing library at 100 S. Wilcox Street. The community is invited to a celebratory groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, May 2, at 10 a.m., which will include a light breakfast, coffee and juice, local dignitaries, photo ops, fun activities, and more.

The existing library will remain open to customers throughout the building process. Construction fences will go up in the west parking lot on Monday, April 25, and customer parking will be relocated to the south lot, in front of the adjacent retail center. The library’s front door and book drop will be accessible as usual.

The new 62,000-square-foot building will feature about 42,000 square feet of dedicated library space; approximately 220 parking spaces; drive-through book return; interactive children’s play space; study, meeting and event spaces; and more. The library will continue to house DCL’s Archives & Local History and its collections.

Construction by Fransen Pittman General Contractors of Englewood, Colo., will require 12-15 months. DCL has contracted with OPN Architects of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for library design.

The first phase of the building project kicked off on Wednesday, March 30, when the Castle Rock gazebo was lifted and relocated to the CALF Lowell Ranch three miles south. DCL donated the gazebo to the Castle Rock Band for its continued use and community enjoyment.

Visit DCL.org/build to learn more about the building project.

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

COVID-19 Test Kits, KN95 Masks Available at Douglas County Libraries Locations

For immediate release: February 23, 2022

Douglas County Libraries is pleased to offer free COVID-19 rapid test kits at its locations throughout the county as part of the state’s mass distribution program. The library also offers free KN95 masks to customers.

Test kits and masks, supplied by the state of Colorado, are currently available to customers from the library’s Welcome Desks at all DCL locations during regular business hours, while supplies last. Customers may receive a maximum of four test kits per person per month and a maximum of five masks per person per month, on a first-come, first-served basis. People must be present to receive the test kits and/or masks, and cannot request kits or masks for others who are not present.

DCL continues to employ safety precautions and protocols in all of its libraries so customers may enjoy comfortable reading and research/study spaces, children’s Storytime and play areas, community events, public computer stations, and meeting and event spaces, among other amenities.

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

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

Schools, Nonprofit Reap Rewards of Library’s Reading Program

For immediate release: October 21, 2021

Four Douglas County schools and the Douglas Land Conservancy have extra money in their coffers this fall courtesy of the Douglas County Libraries (DCL) Foundation and DCL Summer Reading. Cherokee Trail Elementary School, Ben Franklin Academy, Rocky Heights Middle School, and Legend High School earned $500 each for securing the most Summer Reading sign-ups per school level in DCL’s Summer Reading school contest. Douglas Land Conservancy was awarded $1,000 as the nonprofit recipient of the program’s community reading goal.

“Students and readers stepped up big this year to earn these prizes for their schools and for a fellow nonprofit,” said Kristen Kallio, Special Events Supervisor at Douglas County Libraries. “Summer reading is its own reward, of course, but it’s always fun to see how motivated the kids are to win something for their school and to also be part of the larger community goal. It’s exciting!”

Summer Reading encourages reading from a young age and helps to keep kids reading during school breaks, so they grow up with a strong foundation in literacy.

According to Ben Franklin Academy Librarian Deb Williams, the prize money will come in handy for purchasing new books for the school’s library. “I start promoting the Summer Reading program every year in May to get the kids geared up. Once they know that the school could win money to bring in new books they get pretty excited,” she said.

At Legend High School, Librarian Ed Watterson said the award has been earmarked to expand the popular graphic novel section in the school library. Karen Nottingham, Librarian at Cherokee Trail Elementary, said her school will use the money for new books that address social and emotional learning, inclusiveness, and diverse communities. A few titles on their wish list include “Can I Sit With You?” By Sarah Jacoby, “Bright Star” by Yuyi Morales, and “Unsettled” by Reem Faruqi.

Rocky Heights Middle School Librarian Amy Tempel said book suggestions are welcome! She is encouraging the students’ suggestions on how to spend the money.

Each year, DCL encourages the broader community’s participation in Summer Reading, as well, through its community reading challenge, which benefits a local nonprofit if the goal is met. This year, the community exceeded the goal of 8 million minutes read.

“All of us at Douglas Land Conservancy were honored and so excited to be named the nonprofit recipient of the 2021 Summer Reading community goal prize,” said Patti Hostetler, Executive Director of the organization.

The Douglas Land Conservancy (DLC) works to protect and conserve the natural character, habitats, ecosystems, and open space of Douglas County and other areas along the Front Range. Hostetler said the $1,000 gift will help fund the group’s outdoor outreach programs, which help get people outside to learn about their natural surroundings and the importance of land conservation in our community.

“With the help of over 125 volunteers, we are able to offer over 35 guided hikes and educational outdoor opportunities to the community each year,” said Hostetler.

DCL’s Summer Reading will return in June 2022, along with the school contest and community reading challenge.

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