Douglas County Library Foundation fundraiser focuses on mermaid magic

Family fun coming to library at end of August

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Over the years, the Douglas County Library Foundation has delivered funding and resources such as scholarships to attend special programs and Camp DCL, plus aid for adults who want to achieve high school graduation goals.

The foundation will hold its first fundraising event for families with children ages 4-10, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lone Tree library branch, 10055 Library Way, on Aug. 28. And kids are invited to this special party.

The event is a spinoff of the foundation’s annual Fete des Fables Gala for grownups, which celebrates a different literary fable each year — and what could be more appropriate than the Hans Christian Andersen classic, drawn from Scandinavian mythology?

Jaime Gotlieb, DCL’s community services and partnership manager, said the Lone Tree location “will be transformed into the undersea world of Ariel and her friends for an evening, offering photo ops and stories with mermaids, music, food and drinks.”

Families will purchase tickets in advance ($50 per adult, $25 per child) and enjoy a catered menu from dining stations such as Prince Eric’s Poke Bowl, Ariel’s Shells and Cheese and Over the Top Hot Dogs, capped off with chocolate delights and a cotton candy bar.

Perhaps parents will want to reread the story or revisit the popular film with small family members to further enhance the experience in August — multiple versions should be available at your friendly library — or perhaps on the family’s bookshelf.

Young visitors are encouraged to come dressed as mermaids — or undersea creatures — and will also enjoy crafts and make and takes such as Ursula’s Magic Potion and a Salty Sea Scrub ... as well as face painting, a live DJ, theatrical performances and special mermaid storytelling.

A Shell Pull, where guests pay $10 to pick a shell and win a stuffed sea animal, valued from $5 to $50, will be happening.

And guests may also take part in a silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting the DPL Foundation. You may win something fabulous!

Thanks to these scholarships and financial support, customers will grow and thrive through the library district’s many programs ... kids will learn new shills and discover more fabulous characters.

Also planned: The Annual Fete des Fables Gala — the Little Mermaid for adults on September 24 — visit DCL.org/fete-des-fables/gala for information and tickets.

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