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Library bringing the Great Outdoors inside

By Patte Smith

Clever and fun event ideas never seem to cease at Douglas County Libraries – Castle Pines. For 2018, a few of the very enthusiastic staff members joined together and designed a monthly, year-long program that will be launched in January – The Great Outdoors.

Thought about keeping chickens? In February, learn how to build a coop, run it and keep chickens year-round. Bugs scare a lot of people, but are interesting to others. Overcome fear and learn that bugs can be our buddies in August. Wildlife lovers learn how elevation affects animals and where they live – mountains or plains.

The sessions will be held the first Thursday of each month from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m., starting with Homesteader sites in Douglas County on Thursday, January 4 in the library’s event hall.
All events are free.

Here are the monthly events:
JAN: Homesteader sites in Douglas County
FEB: Chicken keeping
MAR: Fly ’n fold
APR: Hiking the Grand Canyon
MAY: Colorado ski resort activities in summer and winter
JUNE: Goat cheese picnic
JULY: Basics of hiking a Colorado 14er
AUG: Bugs are our buddies
SEPT: Explore Colorado state and local parks
OCT: The art of rock painting
NOV: Bee keeping
DEC: Colorado wildlife at different elevations

Registration is necessary for each session and will be open one month prior to the event. Spaces will fill up quickly, so sign up early.

For information and registration, visit, and click on the Library Events tab then Events at My Branch. Registration can also be completed with help from the staff at the Castle Pines location.



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