Douglas County Libraries (DCL) in Castle Pines is now open, and construction of the new libraries in Lone Tree and Parker is progressing. The new libraries reflect each community’s unique growth and needs for increased amenities, spaces and services — and all feature drive-through book drops.

The 13,000-square-foot Castle Pines location (360 Village Square Lane) opened on April 21. The library’s dedicated children’s area features elements of surprise and fun, such as lava tiles and an interactive Lite-Brite-inspired Everbright grid of LED lights that can be twisted to create colorful designs. Its community spaces include a furnished second story terrace with fireplace and five high-tech, multi-use meeting, event and study rooms.

DCL in Lone Tree hosts its grand opening on July 9. Site work, utilities and paving/striping have been completed, and the landscaping and green roof are scheduled to be completed by mid-June. The new library is more than double the size of its current location and features expanded parking, a dedicated Kids Corner, meeting rooms and quiet spaces, numerous study rooms, and laptop vending using a library card.

On May 13, the Parker location celebrated its “topping off” — a builders’ ceremony held when the last beam is placed atop the structure during construction. Crews are currently finishing the interior drywall and are beginning to tape and paint it. Glass door sliders and ceiling tile grids are also being installed in the study rooms. The library is scheduled to open in late summer/early fall.

The current Lone Tree and Parker branches will close for about three weeks prior to each library’s grand opening. Patrons can sign up to receive email updates about closures, available services and Storytimes during closures, and library openings via DouglasCountyLibraries.org/Newsletters.