DCL Connect

A digital world of activities, Storytimes, attractions, and school and learning resources are at your fingertips. Check back often for new ideas!

Boredom Busters

Boredom Busters

Activities available anytime, anywhere

  • Online Crafting

    Watch more than 1,000 DIY classes from renowned artists—anytime, anywhere. Create a Creativebug account using your library card and PIN, and start crafting!
  • Audio-guided Fitness

    Get unlimited access for three months to over 2,500 audio-guided workouts and programs led by expert trainers in running, strength, yoga, and ten other categories. Create an Aaptiv account using your library card and PIN.
  • DCL Archives & Local History

    Local history is at your fingertips through ALH! Browse our collection of historical images, documents, oral histories and more. Highlights include the oral history from a former Devil's Head fire lookout and converted video footage of the 1965 Castle Rock flood.
  • Kids Downloads

    OverDrive Kids, TumbleBooks and Kanopy Kids. Log in or sign up with your library card and PIN.
  • GoNoodle

    These movement and mindfulness videos were created for kids to benefit their physical wellness, academic success, and social-emotional health.
  • Steve Spangler Science at Home

    Steve Spangler makes science fun, and this site offers hands-on activities and science experiments to try at home with the kids.
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

    The beloved children's author invites you into his studio every day for lunch doodles. Grab your paper and pencils, pens or crayons to explore writing and doodling together.
Storytime Everywhere

Storytime Here, There, Everywhere

A different Storytime experience wherever you are

  • Virtual Storytime

    Join us each weekday for Storytime fun and activities! DCL Library staff will lead songs, rhymes, reading and fingerplays to keep nurturing those all-important emerging reading skills.
  • Storyblocks

    A reference collection of 30-60 second videos of songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood. Each video clip includes helpful early literacy tips to increase caregivers' understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs.
  • Storytime from Space

    "What you cannot imagine, you cannot do." Now imagine Astronauts on the Space Station reading stories to and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates. A project of the Global Space Education Foundation.
  • Storyline Online

    Celebrated actors read children's stories alongside creatively produced illustrations. The videos are available 24/7 to children, parents, caregivers and educators.
  • Laurie Berkner

    Kids love Laurie Berkner, and they can rock out to her music videos here!
Around the World

Around the World

Virtual field trips and famous attractions to visit from home

  • Free Virtual Field Trips

    Visit places around the world without ever leaving home.
  • The Louvre

    Visit the world-famous museum's exhibition rooms and galleries on this virtual tour.
  • Google Arts & Culture

    View the art collections displayed at a wide variety of national and international museums and cultural attractions.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

    This virtual tour of the famous aquarium allows you to meet the animals and learn more about their stories and habitats, as well as view live web cams.
  • San Diego Zoo

    Kids can watch and learn about favorite zoo animals through live web cams and videos.
  • The Met for Kids

    Kids will love this fun, fact-filled journey through the Metropolitan Museum of Art, exploring 5,000 years of art across the globe.
  • The Hidden Worlds of Our National Parks

    Explore the natural beauty of five amazing U.S. National Parks, from Alaska to Florida, with expert guides and rangers.
  • The Vatican

    Visit the Vatican museums, archaeological areas, departments, and more online and through its virtual tours.
  • Explore.org

    View live web cams, films and photographs on this online community destination that is all about exploring!
  • Home Safari Live

    Cincinnati Zoo brings you a live home safari each day at 1PM Mountain time, highlighting a different animal each day and activities you can do from home.
  • Seattle Symphony

    The musicians of the Seattle Symphony are streaming free performances on the Symphony's social media channels to help provide strength, comfort and joy at this difficult time.
Kids Learning

Kids Learning

School and learning resources to keep kids engaged and on track

  • PebbleGo K-3 Databases

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    PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas.
  • Capstone Interactive E-books

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    Build literacy skills and have fun reading with these interactive titles. Designed for emergent, struggling, reluctant and ELL readers, the high-interest content combined with text-highlighting, read-aloud features, and engaging graphics makes reading a successful experience for every reader.
  • Discover Engineering

    This fun and educational resource focuses on the E in STEM, engaging K-12 students in a variety of engineering activities and projects.
  • Imagineering in a Box

    Walt Disney Imagineering partnered with Khan Academy to bring this one-of-a-kind learning experience to life. The series offers 32 videos in which Imagineers share how they use a wide range of skills—from story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering—to create truly immersive experiences.
  • Scholastic Teachables

    Thousands of ready-to-go lessons, mini-books, activities and more for elementary grades.
  • Coding for Kids

    Kids can create and share stories, animations and games while developing important skills for thinking creatively and collaboratively.
  • NASA STEM at Home

    Kids can build, solve, launch and play through a variety of activities, puzzles, games and more.
  • Math Fun

    Try these non-screen math activities to keep your kids' math skills sharp.
  • Distance Learning

    Free online resources for schools shifting online during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Scholastic Learn at Home

    Keep kids reading, thinking and growing with these stay-at-home projects for Pre-K through 9th grade. Plus resources for families and teachers.
  • Kids Should See This

    More than 4,500 kid-friendly videos are available to parents, and teachers, who want to share smart, meaningful media with their kids. Grown-ups will enjoy the collection too!
Resources for Adults

Resources for Adults

Learning and entertainment to keep you going

  • Digital Book Club

    Every three months Hoopla releases new titles in their Spotlight Selection along with eight additional curated suggestions, perfect for any book club.
  • AncestryPlus Genealogy

    Whether you're just starting your family history or looking for a new perspective on your research, Ancestry will help you discover how your story was shaped.
  • Mango Languages

    Online language learning from German to Spanish, Russian to Mandarin Chinese. No downloads are required, and an app is available.
  • Lynda.com

    Learn software, creative, business and technology skills from thousands of video courses taught by industry experts.
  • The Great Courses

    Enjoy unlimited access to educational courses taught by award-winning experts and professors from the most respected institutions in the world.
  • Zooniverse

    The Zooniverse enables everyone to take part in cutting-edge research in many fields across the sciences, humanities and more. You can help unlock answers and contribute to real discoveries.
  • Coursera Online Courses

    Update your skills or earn a certificate or degree with world-class learning in subjects like business, computer science, data science, language learning, and more.
  • Free Cooking Classes

    Online cooking classes from Milk Street Cooking are free through April 30, including baking sweets, making the most of your instant pot, perfecting pasta, and more.
  • Feature Films

    A category within the movie section of the Internet Archive, enjoy classic feature films such as Invasion of the Bee Girls and Buster Keaton's The Goat.
Storytime Everywhere

Support Local

Support our local restaurants and businesses with these guides*

*Douglas County Libraries is providing links to local information curated by third parties, and is not responsible for content or accuracy.

Resources of special interest for residents of Douglas County and the surrounding area.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Different ways to help in your community

  • Help Colorado Now

    Wondering how you can help others through the COVID-19 crisis and other disasters? Find volunteer needs, opportunities and information for doing your part.
  • Donate Blood

    The need for blood donations is ongoing, especially in the midst of crises. Make an appointment to give blood and learn about events and activities in your area.
  • State of Colorado COVID-19 Volunteer Response

    Become a volunteer to help at-risk individuals get through the COVID-19 crisis. Opportunities include providing virtual support, delivering food, medication and medical supplies, and helping people who live alone.
Community Support

Community Support

Resources for taking care of yourself and your loved ones

  • 211 Colorado

    Get connected to critical resources in your community, like shelter availability, child care, or rent payment assistance. This multilingual service is confidential and available across the state.
  • CDC Self-Care

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips and resources for coping with the stress, anxiety, grief and worry caused by COVID-19 and other disasters.
  • Colorado Crisis Services

    Confidential, professional and immediate support for those struggling with mental health, substance use, and emotional concerns.
  • Help for Teens

    A free, anonymous place for teens to talk about real things, like dealing with isolation and anxiety, missing graduation, coping with a parent's job loss, and more.
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

    Stay up to date on the latest information surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak in our state.
  • Aging Resources of Douglas County

    An important resource for older adults who need assistance.
  • DCSD Free Lunch for Kids

    During the school closures, DCSD is providing free lunches to all kids 18 years old and younger. Find times and locations here.
  • Talking to Kids About COVID-19

    The National Association of School Psychologists offers helpful tips and guidance for helping children cope with the "new normal" resulting from COVID-19.
  • Douglas County Food Banks

    Find information about the different food banks throughout Douglas County, along with requirements and contact information.
  • News Literacy

    News Literacy Project aims to combat misinformation about COVID-19 by providing tips, tools and quizzes for building news literacy skills that are useful today and into the future.
Douglas County Info

Douglas County Info

Information and services provided by the County

  • Tri-County Health Department

    Serving Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, this site provides important information on what you need to know about the evolving COVID-19 situation, including county-specific updates.
  • Tri-County Town Hall Meetings

    Catch up on the Town Halls you may have missed here, along with other COVID-19 updates.
  • Douglas County Community Response

    Learn more about the county's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Douglas County Human Services

    Although the Department of Human Services building is closed, it continues to provide services and information online, by phone, and by mail. Reference their site to learn more.
  • Douglas County Services Online

    Access a variety of County services from your desktop, laptop or device, including driver's license renewal, motor vehicle registration, scheduling building inspections, viewing property tax details and paying property taxes, and much more.
Small-Business Support

Small-Business Support

Resources, tips and information for local small businesses

  • COVID-19 Business Resource Center

    Find important updates and resources provided by Colorado's Office of Economic Development & International Trade.
  • SBA Disaster Assistance

    Small businesses in all 64 Colorado counties can apply for disaster assistance loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration. This site helps you get started, and provides other valuable information.
  • The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network

    The Colorado SBDC Network provides services to assist with disaster loan applications, long term planning, economic loss estimations and more, for businesses affected by the current health crisis.
  • Kiva Loans for Colorado Small Business

    Colorado Lending Source has partnered with Kiva to offer microloans with no interest, no fees, and financing up to $15K. Kiva has expanded loan eligibility terms and grace periods in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Covidcap.com

    A searchable database of over $1 trillion in COVID-19 cash relief resources available to small business and nonprofit entrepreneurs everywhere.
  • TriCounty Safer at Home Guidance for Businesses

    Guidance and best practice information for Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas Counties businesses now operating under the Safer at Home Order.
  • Facebook Small Business Grants

    Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits during the crisis. Find program and eligibility information here.
  • Douglas County Services

    Links and information for acccessing a variety of Douglas County services, like permitting.