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Chandra, Belmar Library

Our new makerspace is famous! Check out this blog post about what's going on at MakeSomething, the makerspace at the Belmar Library. And then sign up for the next workshop, where you can create a bike light. Click here to see all the upcoming MakeSomething events and register soon for the next workshop, as it will fill up fast. 

Wheat Ridge Reads Presents Mark Obmascik

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Bethany

Wheat Ridge Reads, a citywide book club, is featuring the book Halfway to Heaven: My White-knuckled — and Knuckleheaded — Quest for the Rocky Mountain High, by local author Mark Obmascik.

Jefferson County Public Library and the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission invite you to meet Obmascik in person and share in his rollicking, witty, sometimes harrowing, often poignant account of scaling all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains.

Wheat Ridge Recreation Center
Sept. 10, 6 p.m. and Sept. 14, 9 a.m.

Wheat Ridge Library
Sept. 19, 9 a.m.

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Joanna, Digital Library

Our author spotlight today is on Caroline Carroll: not only the author of several books but also a JCPL staff member! She has co-authored twelve children's books with her husband Michael, including I Love God's Green Earth. Here's what Caroline had to say about this book:

"This book is perfect for kids who love God's Earth and want to take care of it. Each devotion focuses on what Scripture says about God's creation and how kids can be good stewards of this Earth. As they learn how to care for creation, they will also learn more about God and how to nurture their relationship with Him. Inside they'll find fun facts, jokes, Scripture lessons, activities...all designed to help kids learn how to take care of Gods Green Earth."

Come on out and talk to Caroline about all of her books at Books and Bites on September 20th 6 to 8:30 pm at the Arvada Library!

 

2013 One Book. 1 Golden. Events

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Bethany

Events for the 2013 One Book. 1 Golden. program begin this month, kicking off with a book discussion group featuring this year’s selection, Benediction by Kent Haruf. We will also be featuring a panel discussion on "turning the other cheek" with local faith leaders and a photo contest designed to showcase what makes Golden so special.  

The program culminates with a reading a book signing with Kent Haruf! 

Get the details now, so you don't miss the fun!

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Arra, Teen Services Coordinator

Do you like stories that will make your spine tingle with fear?  Mackie Doyle knows that he replaced a human child when he was just an infant.  Now, when a friend's sister disappears, he goes against his family's and town's deliberate denial of the problem to confront the beings that dwell under the town, tampering with human lives.  Yovanoff is also the author of Paper Valentine and The Space Between

Meet Brenna Yovanoff and other authors at the Books and Bites event at the Arvada Library on September 20, 6-8:30.

 

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Sean, Standley Lake Library

Our third spotlight on some of the authors appearing at the Arvada Library’s Books and Bites program is themed around what philosopher William James called “the varieties of religious experience.”

Brenda Lee’s Out of the Cocoon fascinates readers with its true account of Brenda’s experiences as a Jehovah’s Witness. Trapped in the cult from childhood, Brenda recalls harrowing psychological abuse and the loss of her family as she finds the strength to escape. But don't be fooled into thinking this book is a dour read. You'll find plenty of deft humor to balance out the horror, as Brenda's memoir also manages to capture the absurdities of her situation. This is a great book for anyone interested in the psychology of cults, written by an author who is a true survivor.

What Would Your Father Say? by Janice McDermott provides readers with quite a different take on a religious upbringing. Janice vividly describes her early life in rural Iowa, where she grew up in poverty after the tragic death of her father. Spending time in an orphanage and then a convent, Janice takes a story that might seem somber and turns it into a quirky and uplifting adventure that teaches the power of faith and hope.

We hope you will come and meet Janice and Brenda, along with our other authors, at Books and Bites at the Arvada Library on Friday, September 20th from 6-8:30 PM.

You can read about some of the other authors we’ve spotlighted here and here.

30+ Local Authors x Food Trucks = Fun in Arvada

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Bethany

We've got a great event happening in a few weeks at the Arvada Library. Join us from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 for our first ever Books and Bites night. More than 30 local authors will be on hand for you to talk with. Kids, teens, fiction, non-fiction, history, sci-fi…nearly every genre will be covered!

Talking to all these amazing authors may work up your appetite. Not to worry, though, there will be some great food trucks out in Olde Town Square for you to replenish your energy. Sample delicious fare from Hey PB&J, Scrumptious, CKrepes and Eighty Ate while you're there!

And lest we not forget, the always entertaining Suzi-Q will be there displaying her face painting talents for the kids. 

Make sure you peruse our blogs for spotlights on some of the authors participating in Books and Bites:

Books and Beyond
Crazy Readers
Kids Blog

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Ros, Evergreen Library

Evergreen Library presents a series of Westerns for our Sunday Matinees. Coming up... 

The Searchers - Sept. 8, 2 p.m.
A classic John Wayne movie and arguably the actor’s best performance.  He plays Ethan Edwards, a Confederate soldier. Returning home to Texas after the Civil War, Edwards finds that Comanches have captured his nieces and killed their parents. He embarks on a quest for revenge. Directed by John Ford, the movie is both a big screen adventure and an examination of bigotry and hatred.

Silverado - Sept. 22, 2 p.m. 
Stars a young Kevin Costner as well as Kevin Kline, Linda Hunt, Jeff Goldblum, John Cleese, Danny Glover and others. In this modern classic, four unwitting heroes cross paths on their journey to the sleepy town of Silverado. It's up to the sharp-shooting foursome to save the day, but first they have to break each other out of jail and learn who their real friends are. A good plot, humor, action and romance make this movie a thoroughly enjoyable film while looking back to the glory days of westerns.

Refreshments provided.

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Sean, Standley Lake Library

Our second spotlight on the many authors for adult readers appearing at the Arvada Library’s Books and Bites program on Friday, September 20th from 6 - 8:30 pm includes Paul M. Levitt, Sean Eads, and T.R. Maxus.

Paul M. Levitt is a professor English at the University of Colorado with a diverse publishing history that includes adult fiction, literary criticism, and books for young readers. His 2012 novel Stalin’s Barber, with its rich characterization and immersive storytelling, really shows Paul’s strength as a writer of historical fiction and is a must-read for anyone interested in Russia’s Soviet era.

A reference librarian at the Standley Lake Public Library for the past ten years, Sean Eads has published both fiction and non-fiction. Sean’s novel The Survivors was a 2013 Lambda Literary Award finalist in the science fiction category. The Survivors is a dark comedy about the invasion of Earth by aliens who don’t seem to realize the planet is inhabited. These aliens are as numerous as the Borg, but go ahead and resist them as much as you like—they really don’t mind!

The hallmarks of T.R. Maxus’s writing are ruthless plotting and a deft hand at mixing action, humor, and philosophy. With just the right mix of Vince Flynn and William Johnstone, Maxus’s first novel, Aenamus: Silent Blood is a political thriller that harkens back to the I’ll-take-care-of-this-problem-myself philosophy found in the best of pulp fiction.

You can check out the first Books and Bites spotlight here! And don’t forget to come and meet these and other writers at the Arvada Library on Friday, September 20th at 6 pm.

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Joanna, Digital Library

Curious about what King Arthur was like as a kid? How about Guinevere? Cheryl Carpinello re-introduces us to the characters we love in all the Arthurian Legends - but as children - in her books Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend and Young Knights of the Round Table: The King's Ransom. Come on out and talk all things medieval with Cheryl at Books and Bites on September 20th from 6 to 8:30 pm at the Arvada Library!

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