Douglas County Libraries (DCL) is excited to announce the highly anticipated Grand Opening of its new Lone Tree branch, located at 10055 Library Way, on Saturday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The new library is located in the urban heart of the RidgeGate community, just east of the Lone Tree Arts Center.

Grand Opening events kick off at 9 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the branch. DCL Executive Director Bob Pasicznyuk will deliver the opening remarks, and Lone Tree Branch Manager Susan Byrne and City of Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet will both speak.

Patrons can tour the spacious two-story building and use its many new and upgraded amenities. Various activity stations for kids and families will be set up throughout the library, with interactive children’s Storytimes occurring at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Light snacks and treats will also be served throughout the day.

The library’s collection is growing by 40 percent to reflect its increase in square footage, from just under 10,000 square feet to about 25,000 square feet. The library includes active and interactive areas for children, like the Kids Corner Storytime space and Lite-Brite-inspired Everbright LED light grid. Other features include a number of quiet reading areas, study rooms and informal meeting spaces; a craft room that doubles as a meeting room; laptop vending using a library card; greatly expanded parking; and a drive-through book drop.

“It has been a kick to discover the new features of the library and to think of all the ways we can share them with the community,” says Branch Manager Susan Byrne. “The one constant with all of this change, though, is our people. We’re the same and our patrons are the same, and they’re really the heart of the library,” she adds.

Lone Tree is the second of DCL’s three new libraries to open. The Castle Pines location opened on April 21, and construction on the Parker branch continues to progress, with a projected opening in September.