DCL Wraps up Summer Reading with Ice Cream, Donations

For immediate release: August 4, 2020

A stocked ice cream truck visited all Douglas County Libraries (DCL) locations July 29-31 with free treats to celebrate a sweet ending to the library’s Splash Into Summer reading program. More than 2,000 ice cream treats were handed out.

“We had a blast, and everyone loved celebrating with a cold treat,” said DCL Special Events Coordinator Kristen Kallio.

Splash Into Summer wrapped up on July 31, with more than 10,000 registered participants who read for a combined 5 million minutes. To celebrate that milestone, the Douglas County Libraries Foundation donated $1,000 to the COVID-19 Recovery Fund through the Douglas County Community Foundation.

The DCL Foundation is also awarding the following four Douglas County School District-affiliated schools with $500 each for having the most sign-ups through the reading program’s School Contest.

  • Elementary: Copper Mesa Elementary School, Highlands Ranch
  • Middle: Ranch View Middle School, Highlands Ranch
  • High: Castle View High School, Castle Rock
  • Charter: Leman Classical Academy, Parker

“Our communities truly appreciated the fact that we were able to keep a regular summer tradition that they enjoy during these uncertain times,” Kallio said.

The library’s annual reading program returns next summer. Call (303) 791-7323 or visit DCL.org to learn more.

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Douglas County Libraries to Reopen June 29

For immediate release: June 27, 2020

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) will welcome back customers with its reopening on Monday, June 29, at 9 a.m. The library is opening under a variance granted by the Colorado Department of Public Health, and will operate under state and local health department guidelines for operations and events. Modified services will be available at all DCL locations during the libraries’ current operating hours, and Archives & Local History services will be available by appointment only at (303) 688-7730.

With library operations resuming, several safety precautions are in place, such as enhanced in-library cleaning and disinfecting procedures as well as systems to increase air circulation in the libraries. Other safety measures include:

  • In-library modifications to facilitate social distancing
  • Plexiglass partitions at public service desks
  • Hand sanitizer stations at library entrances and in heavily used areas
  • Disposable masks available for customers
  • Increased cleaning of common areas, hard surfaces, reserved rooms, and restrooms

Though customers will be able to pick up holds inside their preferred DCL location, the library is continuing with Park & Pick-Up curbside service during operating hours. The location in parking lots for this service has changed, and there may be a longer wait for delivery due to increased library traffic. DCL is not currently accepting book donations.

Study rooms and meeting spaces will be available by reservation only with the following restrictions:

  • Social distancing is required.
  • Each room’s capacity is limited to 50% of fire department-stated capacity.
  • Drop-in use of empty meeting and study rooms is not permitted at this time.

Virtual Storytimes will continue each weekday at 10:30 a.m., but in-person Storytimes and other library events are not available at any location. In addition, interactive features at all libraries will not be available, including the Little Letters Post Office at Castle Pines, The Market at Highlands Ranch, Playful Pets at Lone Tree, the Dino Wall at Parker, and Mission Control at Roxborough.

Visit DCL.org/safety-notice for detailed information about DCL’s reopening, modified services, and safety protocols.

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DCL Delivers At-Home Experiences and Celebrations in Douglas County

For immediate release: June 15, 2020

Despite the closure due to COVID-19, Douglas County Libraries (DCL) continues to find innovative ways to connect with the community. The library’s newest endeavor, DCL Delivers Good Times, provides customers in Douglas County with entertaining new ways to enjoy library services and materials through at-home experiences and celebrations.

Each DCL Delivers package was created for small, safe outdoor gatherings with Colorado’s Safer at Home guidelines in mind. The Backyard BBQ and Backyard Party packages include a mix of nontraditional library materials and signature extras to make gatherings at home easy, convenient and fun. The library’s free Backyard Movie Night package, part of the initial DCL Delivers offering, has already booked up for the summer.

The Backyard BBQ package includes a full-size smoker with charcoal or wood chips, cookbooks, smoker seasonings, disposable dinnerware, and yard games. There is no cost to check out the kit—all that’s needed is a DCL library card—and the kit may be picked up using the library’s Park & Pick-Up curbside service.

The Backyard Party package is available for a fee and includes all the trimmings for celebrating a birthday or hosting a playdate at the customer’s home, with optional decorate-it-yourself dessert and/or an inflatable water slide rental. It also includes the option for home delivery, an on-site party coordinator, and a trained DCL storyteller to present a Storytime. It is an extension of DCL’s popular in-library Birthday Party service.

“We are always looking for ways to connect with our community,” said Amber DeBerry, DCL’s Director of Community Engagement. “When we had to close our doors in consideration of public and staff safety, we immediately started thinking about how we could keep serving our customers with the DCL touch they’re accustomed to.”

The library continues to serve customers not only through DCL Delivers, but also through curbside pick-up, enhancements to digital offerings, and by modifying events for the virtual environment, like Virtual Storytimes, Quarantine Quiz Show, and virtual author events. Many DCL book clubs and discussion groups are now being offered virtually and with special guests. In July, author Kirk Johnson will join the Daytime Book Group virtually to talk about his book, “The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century.

To reserve a Backyard BBQ or Backyard Party package, or for more information, visit DCL.org/delivers. To learn more about DCL’s virtual events, visit DCL.org/authors-events.

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DCL, Local Businesses Partner to Celebrate High School Graduates

For immediate release: May 28, 2020

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) was honored to share in the celebration of the 2020 graduates of Douglas County high schools this month by giving grads a special gift to mark their achievement. The gift included a compact toolkit that can be used for minor repairs and projects, along with a gift card for a gift from a local small-business partner. Approximately 2,100 gifts were either picked up at a library location or delivered to graduates’ homes by DCL staff.

The Donut House, Briccy’s Coffee, Crowfoot Valley Coffee, Honey B’s Macarons, and Swirls Frozen Yogurt partnered with DCL to generously support this gift program, which was funded in part using funds previously earmarked for library staff development.

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Summer Reading Splashes Down June 1 With Douglas County Libraries

For immediate release: May 18, 2020

Douglas County Libraries (DCL) will Splash Into Summer on June 1, when the library’s annual Summer Reading program officially kicks off. The reading program is for all ages and runs from June 1-July 31. Kids, teens and adults can pre-register now to Splash Into Summer at DCL.org/summer-reading.

DCL encourages the community to have a great summer reading, soaking up the sun, and enjoying fun activities. Features of Summer Reading include:

  • Cool prizes. Summer Reading sign-up gift coupons and vouchers courtesy of Pirates Cove and Parry’s Pizza. Reading logs, sign-up prizes, and mid-way prizes can be picked up June 1-15 using the library’s Summer Reading curbside service at DCL’s Castle Pines, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker and Roxborough locations during designated pick-up times: Monday-Friday 10AM-2PM, with additional hours Tuesday and Thursday evenings 4-6PM; Saturday 12-4PM; and Sunday 1-3PM. Readers will also be entered into a drawing to win awesome finishing prizes: stand-up paddleboard for adults; 2021 season pass to Elitch Gardens for teens; or 2021 pass to Pirates Cove for kids.
  • Reading goals. DCL’s suggested individual reading goal is 1,000 minutes, but readers can also create their own challenge to fit their needs.
  • Community reading goal and local giveback. If the community reaches a combined goal of 8 million minutes read, the Douglas County Libraries Foundation will donate $1,000 (its biggest award yet) to the COVID-19 Recovery Fund through the Douglas County Community Foundation (DCCF).
  • Awesome prize drawings during the library’s 15 Days of Giveaways, June 1-15! Readers who register for Summer Reading June 1-13 will be entered into a daily random prize drawing based on each day’s registrations. Giveaways on June 14-15 are grand prizes—everyone who registers for Summer Reading May 1 through June 14 and 15 will be entered into those prize drawings.

“We’re so excited to bring back our community reading goal this year. It gives everyone something to work toward together,” said DCL Special Events Coordinator Kristen Kallio. “But we also hope that participants will read for fun and spend time reading together as families. Reading digital magazines counts and so does listening to audiobooks. People can shoot for the 1,000-minute goal or set their own goal and have fun with the alternate activities included on our reading logs. We encourage summer readers to mold this program to fit their needs and have fun.”

School Contest

The friendly fundraising competition among K-12 schools affiliated with Douglas County School District is also back, and charter schools are now a separate category. The charter, elementary, middle and high schools with the most summer reading sign-ups by July 31 will win an increased prize of $500—one winning school at each level—courtesy of the Douglas County Libraries Foundation. Some rules and restrictions apply; visit DCL.org/summer-reading/registration for more details.

For more information about the Splash Into Summer reading program, visit DCL.org/summer-reading.

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