Highlands Ranch

Douglas County Libraries - James H. LaRue, Highlands Ranch


  • Mon - Thurs: 9 - 9
  • Fri - Sat: 9 - 5
  • Sun: 12 - 5

Named in 2013 for longtime library director Jamie LaRue, Douglas County Libraries in Highlands Ranch is located within the Highlands Ranch Town Center, the community’s central retail and service hub. The library features a comfortable and welcoming children’s area, with an extensive collection for both kids and parents. James H. LaRue also houses Douglas County Libraries’ most in-depth business collection, with expert on-site reference service.

Public meeting spaces include two large rooms on the first floor and four smaller study rooms upstairs, plus a well-appointed quiet reading room with beautiful mountain views. A wide, sunny deck provides outdoor study and meeting space, and free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the library.

EVENTS at James H. LaRue - Highlands Ranch

Early literacy education is front and center here, where dedicated staff hold more than two dozen Storytimes each week, including two weekly Sensory-Enhanced Storytimes for kids of all ages on the autism spectrum. Storytimes are complemented by regular eight-week Early Literacy Experience classes for kids 0-36 months old; elementary school book clubs and writing workshops; and weekly drop-in Kids’ Zone programs that keep kids engaged in learning and literacy all year long. James H. LaRue also hosts popular author programs for adults several times each year, with presentations and book signings in the spacious upstairs study area.


Paintings by Erica Hollander

Krakow, painting by Erica Hollander

Some of the paintings in this exhibit were inspired by the black and white photographs of Roman Vishniac taken in the 1930’s. Vishniac had been commissioned to take photos of the Jewish towns and villages in Eastern Europe for the purpose of showing Eleanor Roosevelt in hopes that she might persuade her husband, the President, to intervene on behalf of the Jews threatened with annihilation by the Nazis. The photos never got to the First Lady and nothing was done to prevent the murders of the Holocaust. The way of life depicted in Vishniac's photos was destroyed, as were the people who lived it.

Erica's family came from the same part of the world depicted in Vishniac's photos, although they arrived safely in the USA earlier in the century in response to the pogroms of White Russia.

Hollander's paintings will be on display throughout the month of July.

Email Erica Hollander for more information about her art work.

  • 303.791.7323
  • Street:
    9292 Ridgeline Blvd.
    Highlands Ranch
    Postal Code:
    United States
  • Manager:
    Tammy Clausen


Calendar View



  • When: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch

    Join us in the lobby to experience technology fun with MaKey MaKey, a stylized, open-source hardware micro-controller. We’ll explore science and circuitry while building a banana piano, a balloonophone, musical paintings and more!
  • When: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch at Shea A

    Calling all budding artists! Time to cultivate your inner Picasso with our friends from the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. One of the museum’s artists will present a book for the kids to enjoy, then lead them in a literature-based art project.
  • When: Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch

    Harry Potter’s birthday is July 31. Come for games and activities based on the books.

  • When: Saturday, August 01, 2015 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch

    Lively informal conversation on everyday topics. For all levels of English learners. Meets upstairs in the reading lounge.

  • When: Monday, August 03, 2015 - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Highlands Ranch at Shea B

    For babies 12 mos. or younger.Join us for an 8-week Baby Early Literacy Experience. We will read stories, learn songs,nursery rhymes,and simple games. At the first class, we will make a baby quilt. Please bring two pieces of fleece fabric, each piece 1 and 1/2 yards long to this class.