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To celebrate the end of the “Splash Into Summer” library reading program, an ice cream truck visited all Douglas County Libraries locations July 29 through July 31, handing out more than 2,000 free treats, according to a release from DCL.

“We had a blast, and everyone loved celebrating with a cold treat,” said DCL special events coordinator Kristen Kallio, according to the release.

“Splash Into Summer” wrapped up on July 31, with more than 10,000 registered participants who read for a combined 5 million minutes. To celebrate that milestone, the Douglas County Libraries Foundation donated $1,000 to the COVID-19 Recovery Fund through the Douglas County Community Foundation, according to the release.

The DCL Foundation is also awarding the following four Douglas County School District-affiliated schools with $500 each for having the most sign-ups through the reading program’s School Contest.

• Elementary: Copper Mesa Elementary School, Highlands Ranch

• Middle: Ranch View Middle School, Highlands Ranch

• High: Castle View High School, Castle Rock

• Charter: Leman Classical Academy, Parker

“Our communities truly appreciated the fact that we were able to keep a regular summer tradition that they enjoy during these uncertain times,” Kallio said, according to the release.

The library’s annual reading program will return next summer, according to the release. More information is available by calling 303-791-7323 or visiting DCL.org.