Fundraising twist in library reading program pays off for local nonprofit, schools
Douglas County Libraries (DCL) and the Douglas County Libraries Foundation were thrilled to present donations in August to three Douglas County schools and the Denver Dumb Friends League Buddy Center in Castle Rock. The donations were made possible by the Douglas County community’s overwhelming participation in a friendly fundraising competition among schools and a countywide reading challenge as part of the library’s Summer Reading Program: Escape to Neverland.
“We’re so excited to present these checks to our local schools and the Buddy Center,” said DCL Foundation Chair Tera Radloff. “Through DCL’s reading program, we challenged school kids and readers of all ages and they really stepped up to make a difference for these deserving organizations.”
The elementary, middle and high school with the most sign-ups for the library’s Summer Reading Program through July 31 were each awarded $250 toward their school’s 2018-2019 fundraising goals. The winning schools were Ben Franklin Academy in Highlands Ranch, Cimarron Middle School in Parker, and STEM School in Highlands Ranch.
“We’re so proud of our kids,” said Ben Franklin Academy Principal Diana Simpson. She was joined by a group of second-graders in the school library for the Foundation’s check presentation. “We’re especially proud of them for reading all summer,” added Simpson.
“We’re truly appreciative of our partnership with Douglas County Libraries and our local library here in Highlands Ranch,” said STEM School Director Leanne Weyman. “The library is fabulous, and it’s right down the street. Our students are able to walk there after school and utilize many of their resources,” she added.
Reading program participants of all ages were also challenged to meet a community goal of 7 million minutes of reading, which, if met, would benefit the Denver Dumb Friends League Buddy Center in Castle Rock through a $500 DCL Foundation donation. The community not only met that goal, but they exceeded it by 178,515 minutes.
Denver Dumb Friends League Buddy Center Director Matt Levien received the Foundation’s donation on behalf of the Buddy Center. “It was so cool and overwhelming to see how the community responded to what we do here at the Buddy Center,” said Levien. “We have a wonderful community that is so supportive, and we couldn’t do what we do without that support.”
“The school contest and community reading challenge were such fun ways to not only get everyone reading a little more than they might otherwise read during the summer, but to also get them invested in great causes, one that would directly benefit kids through their schools, the other that would benefit animals in need in our community,” said DCL’s Special Events Coordinator Kristen Kallio. “It was a win-win for everyone.”
The library’s annual Summer Reading Program encourages reading from a young age and keeps kids reading during school breaks, so they grow up with a strong foundation in literacy. Good Times and Garden of the Gods generously sponsored the program’s sign-up prizes this year.
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The Parker Library is offering different Craft Lab opportunities one Sunday a month. The January installment is a class on journal making.
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Event Hall A/B – Parker
Have you heard? Adult coloring books are all the rage! Month after month, adult coloring books are topping Amazon’s bestseller lists and more and more adults are finding their zen in between the lines of a coloring page. If you are already a Colorist check out the latest adult coloring books, supplies and tips here at ColoringBookAddict.com. Need more info about supplies to buy or tips and tricks? Check out the Coloring Book Addicts site. So far this event has attracted guys and gals from 19 – 89 so grab your book and head over to make some new friends. You can also join with local artistic folks in Colorado on Facebook here in the Colorado Artsy Addicts group.
Other Colorado Coloring Groups
Colorado Springs, CO
We are a group of ladies who gather together for fellowship and coloring. It is a time to talk, laugh, maybe even shed a tear or two, and do some coloring, of course. Join the Facebook group linked above for more details about meetups!
Colorado Springs, CO
We’ll provide the pictures, crayons and colored pencils or bring your own if you prefer. You provide the time and creativity. No rules here – you may color outside the lines. Red grass and green sky – What a concept! Have some fun with us. Attendees must be 18 years or older.
When the going gets tough, real women (and men) COLOR! Coloring not only brings back happy memories of childhood; it promotes a sense of well-being and relaxation. The act of coloring engages your hands as well as your mind, releasing serotonin… and that makes you HAPPY! So step away from the digital world of computers and electronics, and join us for an evening of conversation, creativity and most of all… COLOR!
Join other creatively minded community members, bring your girlfriends or book club for a unique evening inspired by the new trend of therapeutic coloring. We’ll provide the coloring books, colored pencils and a few book recommendations that escape the ordinary from two members of our staff: Sarah Taylor and Lisa Ekelman. Feel free to color inside or outside the lines! Check the events calendar for more details on dates and times.
A new way to ‘chill out’ at the library! This program is intended for adults of all ages! Coloring supplies will be provided.
- 10:15AM-All Ages
- 7PM-Storytime Discover-All Ages
Reading to Dogs Builds Confidence and Self-Esteem
Volunteers and their trained therapy dogs give budding and struggling readers an opportunity to read out loud without the stress of being judged.
Register for a specific appointment time at one of the libraries listed below.
James H. LaRue Library in Highlands Ranch
Second Saturday of each month beginning at 12pm
Fourth Tuesday of each month beginning at 3:45pm
Fourth Wednesday of each month beginning at 4:00pm
Second Thursday of each month beginning at 4:00pm
Philip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock
First and Third Wednesdays of each month beginning at 4pm
Fourth Tuesday of each month beginning at 4pm
Second Tuesday of each month beginning at 4:30pm
Fourth Saturday of each month beginning at 10:30am