The Literacy Department provides enrichment for all ages through various language development programs. Our goal is to bring together community partnerships to create a rich environment for learning and personal growth.
The foundation for all Literacy Department activities is the recognition of the value of reading.
Contact our Literacy Specialists for more information or to volunteer:
- Jaime Gotlieb (jgotlieb @ dclibraries.org), 303-688-7626: Early Childhood Literacy, Spellbinders
- Tiffany Curtin (tcurtin @ dclibraries.org), 303-688-7646: Adult literacy
- Geri Domareck (gdomareck @ dclibraries.org), 303-688-7658: Book Start
We are actively involved in community and state-wide efforts to support and promote literacy in Colorado.GED Testing Dates & Free GED Test Prep
One2One Adult Tutoring
One2One accepts applications for English as a Second Language tutoring during the months of February, March, August, September, and December. At that time, you can submit an Adult Literacy Learner Application and be placed on the waiting list for a tutor. One2One GED tutoring applications are open all year.
Practice Your English
Volunteers facilitate informal meetings to practice English conversation skills and to improve cultural awareness. All are welcome! Learn more here.
English as a Second Language Book Clubs
Join other English learners to read books together, improve reading skills, and work on understanding English. Learn more here.
Mango Languages offers free online English Language classes taught for learners from many language backgrounds.
Trained volunteers work with inmates at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for GED test preparation, English as a Second Language, and the Inmate Read-A-Book program.
Monthly GED Testing is offered in Partnership with Douglas County School District at Douglas County High School, Parker & Philip S. Miller Libraries. Call 303-688-7736 for more information.
Adult Learning Center
The Adult Learning Center offers free GED preparation and live online tutors to help prepare for the test.
Classes are offered twice a year to prepare candidates for the U.S. Citizenship interview. We've prepared a helpful U.S. Citizenship Tutorial.
Take online courses to help with improving student literacy, response to intervention (RTI) strategies, and raising successful readers and writers.
Book Start: Early Literacy Volunteer Project
Trained volunteers, 21 and older, read aloud & promote early literacy in participating child care centers. Learn more here.
Spellbinders - Volunteer Storytellers
Volunteers, 55 and older, are trained in the art of storytelling and tell stories in Douglas County School District classrooms, creating inter-generational relationships and enhancing language development.
Cuddle Up and Read
Books, parenting information and an application for a special baby library card are given to families of newborns.
Every Child Ready to Read
All of our storytimes are based on the American Libraries Association's Every Child Ready Read approach to early literacy. This research-based system helps children experience all the important literacy activities they need when they get to school. Storytimes focus on fun and play with language, while promoting a love of reading, books, and the library from an early age.