All libraries will close at 3 PM on Dec. 24th and be
closed Dec. 25th for the Christmas holiday.

Literacy

Literacy Department

Literacy LogoThe 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:

  • Laura Olson (lolson @ 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.

Free GED Test Prep

Adult Literacy

One2One Adult Tutoring

One2One ESL and Basic Literacy students will meet with their tutor for a minimum of one hour per week for a minimum of six months. GED students should plan on studying with their tutor for a minimum of 3 months. The One2One tutoring program for ESL, Literacy and GED are personalized to the needs of the individual student. Please contact Tiffany Curtin with any questions at 303-688-7646, tcurtin@dclibraries.org.

Mango Languages

Mango LanguagesMango Languages offers free online English Language classes taught for learners from many language backgrounds.

Practice Your English

Volunteers facilitate informal meetings to practice English conversation skills and to improve cultural awareness. All are welcome! Learn more here.

Adult Learning Center

Adult Learning CenterThe Adult Learning Center offers free GED preparation and live online tutors to help prepare for the test.

GED Test Prep

Free GED Test Prep is offered by Douglas County Libraries, along with one-on-one tutoring for the exam. Apply for a tutor or call 303-688-7646 for more information.

Culture Grams

CultureGramsLearn about the cultures, customs, climates, and more of states and countries around the world with CultureGrams.

Inmate Education

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.

Cafecito Amigo, multicultural program

Cafecito Amigo Multicultural Participatory Program

This unique series is designed to bring together native English Speakers and English Language Learners interested in learning about the culturally and linguistically diverse community around us.

Citizenship Classes

Classes are offered three times, twice a year to prepare candidates for the U.S. Citizenship interview. Register for classes or take a look at the helpful U.S. Citizenship Tutorial we've prepared.

Homebound Delivery, library service

Delivery to Homebound Residents

This program reaches Douglas County residents who are unable to come to the library due to extended illness, health condition or disability. Books are selected and delivered based on one's areas of interest. Find out more.

Early Literacy

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

Adult volunteers are trained in the art of storytelling and tell stories in Douglas County School District classrooms, creating inter-generational relationships and enhancing language development. Visit Volunteer Connect Douglas County.

Tip: Type Douglas County Libraries Spellbinders in the Search box.


Every Child Ready to Read

All of our storytimes are based on the American Libraries Association's Every Child Ready to 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.

Volunteer Connect Douglas County

Volunteer Connect Douglas County is a new, one-stop, community tool to help volunteers find an opportunity that interests them, at Douglas County Libraries or in their local community. Visit Volunteer Connect Douglas County or go directly to the Volunteer Connect Douglas County calendar.

Tip: If you're looking for opportunities in the Library, click on Search and type in Douglas County Libraries. Available opportunities will appear in the results for you to click on.

New Adult Literacy Volunteer Orientations

November 21, 1-4:30 PM - Philip S. Miller Branch, Castle Rock

December 12, 1-4:30 PM - Philip S. Miller Branch, Castle Rock

January 9, 1-4:30 PM - Philip S. Miller Branch, Castle Rock

February 13, 9:30 AM-1:00 PM - Philip S. Miller Branch, Castle Rock

March 13, 1-4:30 PM - Philip S. Miller Branch, Castle Rock