Literacy DepartmentThe 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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mango 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
The Adult Learning Center offers free GED preparation and live online tutors to help prepare for the test.
GED Test Prep
Learn about the cultures, customs, climates, and more of states and countries around the world with CultureGrams.
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 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.
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.
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