Dog Days

of summer

2023 Summer Fun for All Ages

Saturday, June 3-Monday, July 31

Important information for Castle Rock participants!
Fetch some fun during your summer of reading with exciting activities, prizes, and giveaways. We’ve suggested 900 minutes of reading as a worthy goal, but if this challenge isn’t right for you or your family, feel free to create your own challenge. You can increase or decrease the number of minutes or set a goal for the number of books or pages you want to read.
You can also do the supplemental activities we suggest on the reading log. We aren’t set on you reading 900 minutes, we just want you to read and have a ball while doing it!

10 Days of Giveaways

10 Lucky Winners Each Day, June 3-12

Who wants a treat? We’re giving away 105 prizes to participants who sign up to read. Pre-register for the Dog Days of Summer for your chance to win!
Each giveaway day features a random drawing for that day’s prize. Everyone registered May 1-July 14 will be entered into the prize drawings. Most prizes mailed directly to winners or delivery will be otherwise arranged. Winners will be announced via DCL’s digital channels (first name, last initial). No purchase necessary and registration is free.


Prizes Available June 3-August 6, or While Supplies Last

Sign-Up Prizes

Visit any DCL location to pick up your Summer Reading sign-up prizes, while supplies last.
  • Ages 0-3: Egg Shaker
  • Ages 4-12: Balloon Dog Fidget Toy
  • Ages 13-17: Pet Head Cup Hugger
  • Ages 18+: One Free Second Chapter Bookstore Item (valued $3 or less)

Finishing Prizes

Collect a prize when you complete your challenge, or just for having a doggone good summer!
  • Ages 0-12: New Book
  • Ages 13-17: Canvas Tote Bag
  • Ages 18+: Insulated Tote


Help us meet our community goal of 9 million minutes read!

Minutes Read

Add your minutes to help us meet our goal.

If we meet the community goal, the Douglas County Libraries Foundation will donate $1,000 to Guide Dogs for the Blind, which seeks to provide a safe means of mobility for people who are blind and visually impaired.

Help your school earn $500!

All you have to do is sign up (and remind your friends and classmates to sign up, too!), making sure you include your school’s name and your grade when you register. The school with the most sign-ups by July 31 will be awarded $500. Award recipients announced in August. See contest rules and restrictions.

Who's Ahead?*

First Place Second Place Third Place
Elementary School Northridge Eldorado Roxborough
Middle School Mountain Ridge Ranch View Sierra
High School Thunderridge Chaparral Castle View
Other (Charter/K-12) Ben Franklin Academy Renaissance Expedition Learn Outward Bound DC Montessori Charter
*Leader board will be updated each Monday through July 31.