All libraries will be closed Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.

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 Particia Jenkins and Collette Brooks

Love in the Meadows, Patricia Jenkins Artist

Patricia Jenkins:

Patricia attended the State University College in Buffallo where she achieved a BS and MS in Art Education. She taught Art and Gifted Education in the public schools for 20 years and worked in Human Resources for 7. Currently, she runs a faux finishing and mural business called Fauxto Finish, Inc.

Jenkins favorite media is bronze but she resorts to pastels, drawing and painting to fund her "expensive bronze habit."

Patricia and her husband live in the Roxborough community where she is involved in the Roxborough Arts Council. 

Visit Patricia's website at:

Colette Brooks:

Experiencing the ambiance and absolute beauty of Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, and Switzerland, Colette Brooks felt compelled to paint what she fell in love with. Her painting process starts with an emotional connection with the image. Her award winning style has landed her commissioned paintings of Europe, pet portraits, and Colorado landscapes. 

Colette is the featured artist in the 2006 November issue of North Light Book Club magazine as the ‘Member of the Issue’. “It is when we, as artists, connect with our Divine maker’s intention, finally realize the purpose of what we’re doing. I’m on a path meant to be and will stay the course.”

Colette is involved in the Roxborough Arts Council.

Visit Colette's website at:

This exhibit runs throughout the month of May.

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


Calendar View



  • When: Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch at Shea A

    Curious about tracing your roots and learning about your family tree? Genealogy interest has exploded due to researching online. Learn how to get started and explore benefits of this fun hobby.
  • When: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch at Shea B

    A pawsitive opportunity to boost your child's literary skills with a dog as his/her audience. Sessions are 15 minutes long.
  • When: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch

    Great Books discussion groups are forums for thoughtful adults to read and discuss significant works of fiction, philosophy, political science, poetry, and drama. They meet in the upstairs reading lounge.
  • When: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Highlands Ranch

    Drop in between 4 and 5pm on Thursdays to see what is going on in the Kids' Zone of the Children's Dept. There will be different activities, games and books each week.
  • When: Saturday, May 30, 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.