Your support of the Douglas County Libraries Foundation helps fund programs that reach youth, adults and families in Douglas County and across Colorado, and helps ensure the long-term success of our outstanding libraries. Our libraries are critical to education, neighborhood development, workforce development, and economic development.
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 our weeklong spring and summer day camps, and adults are able to achieve their high school graduation goals. For more information on accessing support for a fee-based program or service, please contact our Foundation at (720) 348-9509.
Through partnerships with area hospitals, Cuddle Up & Read provides new parents with a fun and meaningful introduction to the library and our early literacy services. The program includes small gifts for mom and baby and an invitation to get baby a library card. We also distribute DCL growth charts, complete with reading suggestions and library service information, to parents through participating pediatricians’ offices across the county.
Each year, Douglas County Libraries' summer reading program encourages kids to begin reading from a young age, and keeps them reading during school breaks, so they grow up with a strong foundation in literacy. Readers of all ages are encouraged to complete the reading program each year.
The Foundation supports exciting new ways to inspire a love of discovery and connection in our community, and one of those ways is through Exploration Stations. Located at both Parker Adventist and Castle Rock Adventist hospitals, these interactive areas for kids are located near the family birth centers. The stations include interactive software programs, books, puzzles, activities, and toys that provide learning opportunities as well as entertainment for children.
What Your Gift Means
"Some children came out of a classroom, and they were so full of joy! The library so inspired these kids! If we could capture that magic and take it into our workplace, or home, or community, how different would this world be?" Niki Weninger
"A library is so important to the growth of our children, and to us, as individuals." Joe Henry
"The library's literacy program helped me interact with people and, more importantly, gave me the opportunity to teach. When I came to this country, I didn't speak English. Someone took the time to teach me. That's how the library adds magic to my life." Opp Slawson
"People, whether they are young or old, can all get involved in libraries. The library is not something that's only limited to certain age groups." Suresh Damle
Other Ways to Give
Donate by Mail
Mail a check, payable to Douglas County Libraries Foundation, to:
Douglas County Libraries Foundation
100 S. Wilcox St.
Castle Rock, CO 80104
(Include a note on the check to designate your donation for a specific program or branch)
Douglas County Libraries accepts donations of new and used books, music CDs and DVDs for ongoing and special book sales, or for further donation to organizations that distribute materials to underserved populations. Book sales benefit the Douglas County Libraries Foundation.
Book donations are important to us. Due to current restrictions and fewer volunteers to process donations, we've implemented some temporary changes. Book donations are accepted on a limited basis at our Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, and Parker locations during the times listed below. We are currently accepting donations of only two 18”x14”x12” boxes or less at a time.
Castle Rock: Wednesdays, 3-7PM
Highlands Ranch: Saturdays, 10AM-2PM
Lone Tree: Mondays, 10AM-2PM
Parker: Thursdays, 10AM-2PM
Dated receipts are available upon request; we are not able to quote a value for donated items. Please do not donate:
Items in poor condition
Textbooks older than five years
Magazines or condensed books older than three years
VHS or music cassette tapes
Computer books older than five years
Designate a gift to the Foundation in your will, or via other options. Questions? Contact Rachel Malis at (720) 348-9509.
Honor your loved ones with a memorial bookplate. Our acquisitions team will choose an appropriate book to represent your special person and place a bookplate inside it with the message of your choice. You can choose to see the book prior to its circulation in our libraries.