Libraries set to launch into summer reading

Program begins June 5, goal would benefit land conservancy


The theme for this year’s Douglas County Libraries’ annual summer reading celebration is “Galaxy DCL” and the district is encouraging people to go “To Books and Beyond,” according to a press release. 

The program tracks the community’s reading over the summer and hands out prizes for those who reach certain goals. Kids who read for 900 minutes or who complete their own challenge set for themselves will get either a new book or a fanny pack, depending on their age. Kids who aren’t yet reading on their own can participate by being read to, according to the release. 

Pre-registration for this year’s summer reading program began May 1 at and the program will officially kick off June 5.

“We’re thrilled to be open for summer reading,” said Kristen Kallio, special events supervisor for the libraries, according to the release. “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.”

Kids who register by July 31 will get a coupon for Rocket Fizz, a candy and soda shop located in Highlands Ranch and Castle Rock. Adults who sign up will get a coupon for pizza and those who complete the 900-minute challenge will get a new, reusable book bag.

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

All participants who pre-register for “Galaxy DCL” will be entered into the library’s daily drawings for prizes, including museum memberships, gift cards, LEGO sets and travel vouchers.

The winner of the annual school contests for the most sign-ups — in elementary, middle, high school and other categories — will win $500.

The community reading goal of 8 million minutes read, if met, will benefit the Douglas Land Conservancy with a $1,000 gift, courtesy of the Douglas County Libraries Foundation, according to the release.

Kids Corners in the libraries are now open, and playscapes will reopen this spring. The Parker location library will debut its brand-new playscape, U-Fix-It Pit Stop, this summer.

More information on summer reading and other library events is available at or by calling 303-791-7323.


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