DCL Trivia Night for Volunteers

Douglas County Libraries Volunteer Appreciation Event During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Douglas County Libraries Director Bob Pasicznyuk welcomed a large audience at their annual volunteer appreciation event. The cruise-themed evening featured ‘Trivia Night’ aboard the Lido Deck. The library district celebrates its volunteers with a districtwide event every year in which volunteers across all seven libraries can mingle and feel the impact of being a part of a larger team and vision.

“I would like to thank Douglas County Libraries for the awesome event they held for all their volunteers,” shared Joyce Kramer, a library volunteer for the adult literacy program. “I attended with my husband, and we both had a great evening. We had really nice guests at our table, and we held our own for the Trivia game – a strong 4th place! The food was delicious. It was a very nice ‘Thank You’ for all the volunteers and I greatly appreciated it!”

11 Years of Service

Jay started volunteering at Douglas County Libraries (DCL) in 2007. He has physical limitations that make everyday life challenging. His mother or Neighbor Network have transported Jay to the Castle Rock branch one to two times a week for 11 years so he can give back to the community. Jay’s stamina and resolve to make volunteering a top priority is admirable. He has processed hundreds of thousands of books for DCL during his tenure, making many of them ready for the used bookstore to end up in patrons’ home libraries.

Jay and his mom recently moved to a new home; his smile and fervor for life will be greatly missed. Thank you Jay!

Thank you to all Volunteers!

April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month and we celebrate those who dedicate their time to be stewards and leaders of our community through volunteerism. National Volunteer Appreciation Month also encompasses National Volunteer Week. This year, National Volunteer Week is celebrated April 15-21.

A special thank you to all the volunteers who make a positive difference in our communities by donating their time and talents. 

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”                            –Author Unknown

Exceptional Volunteers at Parker Library

“Today was a busy day at the Parker Library! Our shelving staff was short-handed, and volume of books returned much higher than normal. Thanks to our volunteers Lindsay and Anson who worked so hard to shelve materials and keep us on track to finish our tasks.  We could not manage without them!    –Parker Library SupervisorVolunteer at Parker Library

Welcome Rosie’s Ranch!

Rosie's Ranch Therapeutic Riding Facility for children with and without special needs, volunteer opportunitiesRosie’s Ranch is a new member of Volunteer Connect Douglas County and is actively posting volunteer opportunities. Rosie’s Ranch is a non-profit therapeutic riding facility in Parker, Colorado for children with and without special needs. Volunteers are the backbone of the organization and help make it possible to provide riding lessons, summer camp and birthday party opportunities for children.

Their mission is to provide a family centered atmosphere where children with deafness or oral language challenges will expand their listening, verbal & reading skills by engaging in activities with horses under the guidance of a highly trained and qualified staff.

Perhaps you’re a teacher off for the summer or you have a passion for horsemanship,
horse anatomy, and working with children. Maybe you’re looking to complete your
high school community service hours for graduation requirements. Match your passion
with one of the many volunteer opportunities at Rosie’s Ranch and make a difference
in your community.Volunteers in action at Rosie's Ranch in Parker, ColoradoRosie's Ranch therapeutic riding facility for children with and without special needs.

To learn more about Rosie’s Ranch and their volunteer opportunities click here.

Escape Room at DCL

Volunteers at Castle Rock Library - Escape Room EventVolunteers are a key ingredient to the success of the Escape Room at DCL! The Castle Rock library will be hosting an Escape Room for the community called “Make Your Escape!” Gold lies at the altar of the Temple of the Serpent and Professor Triton went missing trying to find it. Participant teams will have timed entries to spend an hour trying to solve the mystery and if successful, claim their reward at the end.

Volunteers help the staff creators of this event by creating custom jungle decorations on a grand scale and by doing a trial of the Escape Room as a participant, working with other volunteers and staff members to find clues and solve the puzzles. They then provide valuable feedback so staff members can refine the experience for the real event on March 24th. On event day volunteers will transform a meeting room into a jungle and serve as costumed guides while library patrons test their powers of logic, deduction and observation in the Escape Room.

Volunteering with Douglas County Libraries provides myriad ways to get involved and have fun while supporting Douglas County Libraries’ mission to elevate the community by creating a love of reading, discovery and connection.  Make your escape to the library and see what amazing discoveries await you!  Click here to find volunteer opportunities at Douglas County Libraries.

Human Book Volunteer

Be a Human Book Volunteer at the Human Library™ event in September! Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is hosting a Human Library™ event that allows members of an increasingly-diverse community to volunteer by sharing their stories in an open and respectful manner to build compassion and understanding.

The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices and to provide inspiration through dialogue and sharing.

DCL is accepting volunteer applications from adults 18 and over who live or work in Douglas County and would like to share an aspect of their life experience with others in their community. The Human Library™ event will be held on September 23 at the Philip S. Miller Branch (Castle Rock) Douglas County Library. Register Here

Learn more about volunteering at an information session on Sunday March 18, from 1-3:30 pm at the Philip S. Miller Library.  Or email HumanLibraryDCL@dclibraries.org.Human Library Volunteer, Douglas County, ColoradoHuman Library Volunteer, Douglas County, ColoradoHuman Library Volunteer, Douglas County, ColoradoHuman Library Volunteer, Douglas County, Colorado

National Achievement for Douglas County Libraries

It’s an exciting time for Douglas County Libraries (DCL)! The library district has been certified as a “Service Enterprise” by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service and founded by former President George H.W. Bush. As a member of the first cohort of organizations to be trained as a Service Enterprise in Colorado, DCL is the fifth organization in the state to receive this distinction and usage of the Service Enterprise certified seal.

High performing, Service Enterprise organizations commit to valuing volunteerism organization-wide, as part of a continuum of diverse community engagement. DCL sought this certification to more closely align their volunteers with their goals, and position themselves as an adaptable, sustainable and better resourced leader in the way they engage community members.

With this certification, DCL joins a prestigious group of nonprofits committed to excellence in volunteer engagement to drive positive change, improve lives, and strengthen the community.Service Enterprise Certification Awarded to Douglas County Libraries

Colo Agricultural Leadership Foundation

Do you love gardening and caring for livestock? Do you have a passion for connecting people to agriculture? Are you a retired teacher? Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) conducts educational programs for more than 3000 elementary school students each year and provides housing for 4-H and FFA livestock projects, and much more. There is always something to do at CALF’s Lowell Ranch in Castle Rock! Click here for Volunteer Opportunities

Neighbor Network is Moving

Neighbor Network serves as the Aging Resource Center for all of Douglas County and is in the process of relocating their office to accommodate the growing number of requests. You can still call to receive information and now you can visit their new office at 104 Fourth St. in Castle Rock and talk directly with a specialist. Learn more from Karie Erickson, Neighbor Network Executive Director

Volunteer opportunities at Neighbor Network contribute to the mission of helping seniors remain independent and stay in their homes. You will enjoy the flexibility each opportunity offers along with ongoing training and support. You can sign up for one hour a month or 100. If you’d like to make a difference in our community and connect with older adults, volunteer today! Volunteer opportunities.