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 DCL.org or call (303) 791-7323 for more information.

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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 DCL.org/foundation.

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 RotaryClubofCastleRock.org.

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Douglas County Libraries Set to Launch Into Summer Reading

For immediate release: April 26, 2021

Douglas County Libraries’ annual summer reading celebration is going To Books & Beyond in 2021! Pre-registration for Galaxy DCL begins Saturday, May 1, at DCL.org and the program officially kicks off Saturday, June 5.

“We’re thrilled to be open for Summer Reading,” said DCL Special Events Supervisor Kristen Kallio. “It’s such a fun tradition for us, and a great way to spark new enjoyment of reading for all ages. This year we feel it’s especially important for kids and helping them maintain their educational achievements from a pretty unusual year of learning.”

Summer Reading kickoff celebrations will be held June 9-11 at various locations throughout Douglas County, including the libraries and other outdoor venues, with treats, activities, and special guests from the Space Foundation.

All participants who pre-register for Galaxy DCL will be entered into the library’s 10 Days of Giveaways prize drawings in June, and will receive other fun sign-up prizes, including coupons to Rocket Fizz and Parry’s Pizza, and goal-based prizes all summer. The annual school contest for the most sign-ups is back, and this year’s community reading goal of 8 million minutes read benefits the Douglas Land Conservancy with a $1,000 gift, courtesy of the Douglas County Libraries Foundation, if met.

Summer Reading joins Outdoor Storytime in welcoming DCL customers back to in-person events and experiences. Kids Corners in the libraries are now open, and playscapes will reopen this spring. DCL’s Parker location will debut its brand-new playscape, U-Fix-It Pit Stop, this summer.

For more information on Summer Reading and other library events, visit DCL.org or call (303) 791-7323.

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Library’s HistoryGeo Launch Aids Genealogical and Local History Research

For immediate release: March 24, 2021

The Archives & Local History department at Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is excited to launch HistoryGeo, an interactive database for mapping land patent recipients, Douglas County historic sites, and other resources that can aid genealogical and local history research. HistoryGeo is conveniently available to customers remotely as well as from any DCL location with the use of a library card.

Through HistoryGeo, users can search by surnames, geographical features, place names, or latitude and longitude. Search results are displayed on interactive maps with modern street overlays, and results are linked to Bureau of Land Management records, Google maps, and DCL Archives & Local History materials. A growing list of local history markers are available to aid research into Douglas County historical sites.

Visit DCL.org/research/all-databases to connect to this unique and free resource.

For more information, call DCL’s Archives & Local History department at (303) 688-7730 or email localhistory@dclibraries.org.

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

DCL Summer Camps Help Kids Make Up for Lost Social, Learning Time

For immediate release: March 2, 2021

Summer camp is the perfect place for kids to be kids, especially after the last year of evolving school schedules and modified activities. Douglas County Libraries is excited to offer an array of in-person summer camps for kids ages 4-11 at Camp DCL, June 7-August 6. Kids can connect with peers, have fun, and expand their skills and knowledge through interactive, hands-on activities, with precautions in place for health and safety.

“It’s been a year of back and forth for our kids, shuffling between in-person and remote learning and missing friends and activities that help them thrive,” said Kristen Kallio, Special Events Supervisor at DCL. “We’re excited about our Camp DCL options this summer, and we want every camper to have a great experience.”

DCL’s summer camps are available at six locations—Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker, and Roxborough. Registration for the weeklong camps is open at DCL.org/camp-dcl. There are also a few spots remaining for DCL’s spring break camps in Lone Tree and Parker, March 15-19.

At DCL, campers can explore cooking, coding, robotics, art, engineering, science, and LEGO adventures. Some of the summer camps offered include:

  • Rollercoaster Science Camp
  • Kinderbots Robotics Camp
  • Mission to Mars and Adventures in Space Science Camps
  • We Love Pets! and There’s No Place Like Space! Art Camps
  • Castles, Kingdoms & Wizards and Basics of Minecraft LEGO Camps
  • High-Flying Catapults Engineering Camp
  • Kids’ Cooking Network and Cameras, Cooks & Kids Film Camps
  • Gaming With Scratch Coding Camp
  • And many others

Visit DCL.org/camp-dcl for the full list of summer camps as well as spring break camp openings.

Parents can choose from half-day camps or full-day camps (at select DCL locations, at a 10% discount). All camps are facilitated by subject matter experts and are supported by trained DCL staff and volunteers.

DCL adheres to all state and local health department guidelines for operations and events.

While Camp DCL is budget-friendly for families, scholarships may be available from the Douglas County Libraries Foundation for qualified campers.

To register for Camp DCL or to learn more about the camps and scholarship opportunities, visit DCL.org/camp-dcl.

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