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.