Resources for Educators
Douglas County Libraries is proud to offer this portal to the many resources and programs that are available to all Douglas County educators. Please check here periodically for updated information. For further information and to find out your school's personal liaison, contact the lead liaison (listed below) at the nearest branch to your school.
- Laura Olson - District Contact
- Janet Nelson – Philip S. Miller / Castle Rock
- Peggy St. Clair – Parker
- Dana DeJong-Boots – Lone Tree
- Kate Sunderland – James H. LaRue / Highlands Ranch
- Ellen Mackey – James H. LaRue / Highlands Ranch
- Tracy Martinez – Roxborough
- Jill Swanstrom – Castle Pines
- Shaun Boyd – Douglas County History Research Center
Programs and Resources
Bark for Books
Help your students build their communications skills and confidence. Kids ages 6-12 that are having difficulty reading aloud or with low self-confidence can improve their literacy skills and self-esteem by reading to education assistance dogs.
Battle of the Books
This national reading incentive program which features a bowl-style trivia tournament is underway at many elementary schools again this year. Follow our blog to keep up with the action.
Just for You
You or your students can get personal book recommendations from our library staff.
Book Club Express
Book club kits are available for children, teens, and adults. Kits generally have 10 books and facilitation guide. Reserve yours here »
Douglas County History Research Center
Archivists and local historians from the DCHRC can come to your school to talk about a variety of things. Some examples are primary and secondary sources, what archivists do, and give an overview of the history of your local community, Douglas County, and Colorado. Visit Douglas County History Research Center to see all the resources available to you.
Programs and Resources
Review Crew Staff from your closest DCL branch will come to your class to talk books. Your students will hear about many new and recommended titles presented in a fun and interactive way. These book suggestions will keep them reading all year long. Contact your school liaison to find out more and book your visit.
Spellbinders - Volunteer Storytellers Hearing stories brings life to your curriculum while also increasing a child's comprehension, creativity, and communications skills. Invite a Spellbinder into your classroom! Spellbinders are volunteers that are trained in the art of story telling that offer energetic enhancements to your curriculum and engage students' imaginations. Contact Laura Olson for more information.
Online Research Resources Douglas County Libraries has many valuable online databases that are available to you and your students for FREE! Use them for lesson planning and make sure your students are aware that they are available to them for research. Access to select databases from within your school building does NOT require library card sign in. Click here to get started.
Douglas County Libraries offers a unique program that pairs teens ages 13-18 with kids ages 6-9 that are struggling with their reading. It is a wonderful opportunity for teens to get involved and make a tremendous difference in another child's life. Training is free to teens interested in the program.
Library Tours Bring your class to one of our branches for a personalized tour of the library.
Literacy for All At Douglas County Libraries, we provide enrichment and lifelong learning for all ages. From early literacy, GED preparation to adult literacy, all of the services and programs we offer can be found on our Literacy page.
Resources by Request Let us help you. Request to have a set of materials pulled together for you on a certain topic, author or genre and they'll be available for you to pick up. One week advance notice is required and materials depend on availability.
Teen Volunteers Be sure that your teenage students are aware of the great volunteering opportunities that are available to them at Douglas County Libraries. They can help create programs, book clubs, help younger readers and more.