Library closes for updates

Posted on April 1, 2018 by Melissa Rucker

Library closes for updates
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The Roxborough library will be closed Sunday, April 1, through Friday, April 13, for remodeling. On Saturday, April 14, the reopening will be celebrated with refreshments.

According to Library Branch Manager Amy Fischer, the updates will include new paint throughout the library, new carpet and furniture in the children’s area, new artwork, new furniture for the study room and new public computers.

During the closure, patrons can pause their holds or pick them up at one of the other Douglas County Libraries. Borrowed books and other items can be kept until the reopening on Saturday, April 14, or returned to another DCL location. No fines will be assessed during renovations. Interlibrary Loans (ILL) must be returned by their due dates, however. Email for more information on ILL items.

Most recurring events will be canceled through the closure, and the Roxborough meeting and study rooms will be unavailable.

Events during closure

Mark the calendars for several events that will continue during the facility update at separate locations:

Storytime for all ages will be at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, April 3 and 10, at West Metro Fire Rescue Station 15, 6220 North Roxborough Park Road.

Slick Science will be held Tuesday, April 3, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Audubon Center at Chatfield, 11280 Waterton Road. The program is for “mad scientists” ages 6 to 12, and the theme for April is “Be a Citizen Scientist.” Online registration is required.

Fischer noted that librarians, who vote on the selections for the One Book 4 Colorado giveaway for 4-year-olds, are excitedly awaiting the reveal of this year’s book, which will be announced April 9. On Tuesday, April 17, and Thursday, April 19, from 10 to 11 a.m., the library will hand out one book per 4-year-old. Online registration is required.

Other April events

Other special or recurring April events include:

On An Evening with J.v.L. Bell, the Colorado author will tell stories she researched for her book, “The Lucky Hat Mine,” including the Denver City Turkey War, an Idaho Springs geyser and gold discovery and how Fairplay was named. The event will be Thursday, April 19, from 7 to 8 p.m. and is geared toward adults. Online registration is required.

Real Life Wizard School will be held Saturday, April 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. This month, the theme is potions and magical chemistry. Online registration is required.

The Teen Library Council, which meets once a month, will convene Tuesday, April 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the meeting room. The council is for teens who want to have a voice in the library, and the event includes “snacks and shenanigans” and the possibility to earn volunteer hours. Online registration is required.

During Bark for Books, kids ages 6 to 12 can improve their literacy skills by reading to trained therapy dogs. Online registration is required, and participants should be signed up for a single 15-minute session in a study room. The first session begins at 10:30 a.m. with all others following in 15-minute increments, ending with the one starting at 11:30 a.m.

Baby Storytime for kids newborn through age 2 is every Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. and lasts for 30 minutes.

Storytime for kids of all ages is held each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. and Mondays from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Ongoing programs and events

Other ongoing or special events throughout the year are two used book sales, dates TBA, one in July and one in November. Fischer said to check the used book sale shelves to find books in good shape that have been withdrawn from the library collection. Sales from these books benefit the library, she said.

The library is a participant in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, which encourages families to read 1,000 books to their children before they reach kindergarten and tracks their progress, with a little reward at the end. Books that have already been read can be backlogged. The program increases literacy and school readiness, Fischer said.

The summer reading program will kick off Saturday, June 2, in the morning, the time TBA, with games and prizes.

Call the Roxborough library at (303) 791-7323 for more information. Online registration holds a participant’s spot and allows the library to purchase enough materials for the event. If registration is full, an online waitlist is formed.

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Melissa and her family of three have been Roxborough residents since mid-2016. She and her 3-year-old son can be found on the trail or playground most days of the week. Melissa has a background in journalism with experience as a newspaper copy editor and page designer.


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