Volunteer Testimonials

President's Volunteer Service Awards

The President's Volunteer Service Awards, organized under the George W. Bush administration, recognizes those who achieve a certain number of volunteer hours.

In 2014, Douglas County Libraries’ Volunteer Services is pleased to announce that 101 DCL volunteers qualified for an award. Congratulations to our 88 bronze, 10 silver and three gold award winners.

The three gold winners are:

  • Mansi Gupta – Highlands Ranch teen volunteer
  • Lauren Hallstrom – Parker teen volunteer
  • Mark Schmidt – Adult Literacy volunteer

In addition, the DCL Board of Trustees’ combined hours earned them a group bronze award.

Highlands Ranch Teen Receives County Award


James H. LaRue branch volunteer Megan received the 2014 Douglas County Youth Initiative “Outstanding Teen” Award. The award recognizes teenagers who overcome adversity and create positive change.

Megan has written and illustrated a book for children about Algebra. She is also a talented actress and helps other students with computer skills. At Douglas County Libraries, her attention to detail allows her to accurately shelve books, and our patrons benefit.

We are very proud of Megan for receiving this significant award.

Castle Rock Senior Volunteer Spotlighted


The Volunteers of America Denver RSVP program spotlighted Elsie Kinkel in 2014 on KEZW AM 1430. At the age of 89, Elsie helps keep Philip S. Miller’s used bookstore organized.

Libraries and bookstores are a thread that run through Elsie’s life. She worked at her college library while studying to become a dietitian. After college, she moved to San Francisco and worked at a book store. More recently, she volunteered at the Douglas/Elbert Task Force’s used book store.

Our congratulations to Elsie!


Operation Paperback

In 2013, 1,200 volunteers contributed nearly 40,000 hours of time. This equates to a value of $775,000!

Operation Paperback

Douglas County Libraries participates in Operation Paperback, sending donated and withdrawn books to those who are serving our country. Operation Paperback ties into our core value to ‘Serve All’ by ensuring accessibility and services for all members of our diverse community.

Book donations by patrons continue to provide a service to our community either through sale in our bookstores or through Operation Paperback. The project is managed out of the Lone Tree Branch.


"The interactive stamp activity at Highlands Ranch Library was a big success. Our stellar volunteers minimized the chaos, kept the kiddos away from the hot glue guns, and helped dozens of budding philatelists (stamp collectors) create stamp albums and collages."
- Cindy, Patron Services Technician

"Volunteers are amazing and do so much for us. They are critical to our ability to provide all the library services we want to provide."
- Patty, Youth Services Department Head

Thank you for volunteering!