Press Kit - DCL For Kids and Teens
DOUGLAS COUNTY LIBRARIES FOR KIDS:
We offer more than 75 Storytimes each week for kids from ages 0 to 5, based on the American Libraries Association’s Every Child Ready to Read. Our Storytimes emphasize six early literacy skills and help maximize children’s readiness to read in Kindergarten.
In addition to multiple fun reading programs every year, we provide reading help for kids through our Bark for Books and Reading Buddies programs. We also encourage kids to explore through regular book clubs, science programs, writing workshops, and special events celebrating books, authors and characters.
Computers in our children’s areas provide access to educational games and safe search engines. Free online homework help from EBSCO, Facts on File and CliffsNotes includes access to respected newspapers, magazines, trade publications, scientific journals, books, encyclopedias and other reliable reference works. Our BrainFuse service offers live online help from expert tutors, writing and language labs, test preparation and a 24/7 question center.
Our Review Crews of skilled librarians bring the library to youth in classrooms across the county to help make kids excited to read, and annual Page to Stage productions in schools bring literature to life in another way. Library-trained Book Start volunteers provide early literacy activities to younger children in local childcare facilities every week, and elementary school students enjoy DCL Spellbinders trained in the ancient art of storytelling.
DOUGLAS COUNTY LIBRARIES FOR TEENS:
We provide unique opportunities for teens ages 12-18 to grow socially and academically at the library, through book clubs, writing groups, game nights, reading programs, volunteer opportunities, contests and other special events. Many of our branches have teen volunteer groups that provide real-world event planning and project opportunities, for which teens may earn community service hours or recommendations for jobs or college entrance.