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Kristin, Columbine Library

JCPL is hosting two special author visits/storytimes with internationally acclaimed children’s author David Shannon:

Saturday, May 11

10:30 a.m. at Columbine Library, tickets required

1:30 p.m. at Arvada Library

These special storytimes are being held in conjunction with One Book 4 Colorado, a statewide initiative to support early literacy by distributing a new book to every four-year-old child in Colorado. Shannon’s book, Duck on a Bike, was selected for distribution in 2013 through a state-wide voting process earlier in the year!

Shannon is the creator of more than 30 children’s books, including No David! that was recognized as a Caldecott Honor Book and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. Shannon’s other bestsellers include Duck on a Bike, Too Many Toys, A Bad Case of Stripes and Good Boy, Fergus!

Registration is required for the Columbine Library storytime event and participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online at jeffcolibrary.org/events, by phone at 303-235-5275, or in-person at the Columbine Library. No registration is required for the Arvada Library event.

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Tana, Arvada Library

Join us at Standley Lake and Arvada Libraries to welcome the Arvada Police Department as they give a brief introduction to their SHARP course.

The Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARP) course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of women, teaching principles and strategies for effectively reducing the likelihood of assault through actual techniques for countering an attack. Utilizing efficient and effective methods of subject control that do not rely on size and strength, PPCT Management Systems, Inc. has developed a training system that can be used by just about everyone who is interested in personal safety.

In other words, just because you are small and female, doesn't mean you can't defend yourself!

Participants will be able to learn more about signing up for the three session course, which is free to Arvada residents at the following events:

Standley Lake Library on Saturday, May 11th at 2pm

Arvada Library on Saturday, May 18th at 2pm

 

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Sean, Standley Lake Library

Have you heard of the Lambda Literary Awards? For 25 years, the "Lammys" have celebrated the best in gay and lesbian literature. This year's Awards ceremony will be held in New York on June 2nd. There are a little over 20 award categories and more than 100 finalists nationwide.

It just so happens that 6 of this year's finalists live in the Denver area, so JCPL thought it would be neat to bring them in for a group reading for the public.

The Belmar Library is going to host the reading on Friday, May 10th, from 6:30-8pm. You'll get a chance to meet the authors, ask questions, get autographs, and hear some really great stories.

The readers and their nominated works are:

Jerry Wheeler - Strawberries and other Erotic Fruit

Kieran York - Appointment with a Smile 

Sean Eads - The Survivors

Dan Stone - Coming To: A Collection of Erotic and Other Epiphanies

Dylan Edwards - Transposes

Matt Kaily - Teeny Weenies: and Other Short Subjects

 

 

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Kristin, Columbine Library

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon is the title of the book that will be given to every 4 year-old in Colorado!

Stop by your nearest Jefferson County Library to get a copy, starting today through May 20.

OR, see author David Shannon read the book himself

Saturday, May 11

10:30 a.m. at Columbine Library, tickets required

1:30 p.m. at Arvada Library

Join us for these exciting events AND pick up your book!

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PJ, Wheat Ridge Library

Early registration is now available for the Adult Summer Reading Program – this year’s theme is Groundbreaking Reads.

This year we will be playing Bingo!  It’s not just about reading this summer but exploring the Library.  Finish your first bingo and come into your local library to get a certificate for a free book from the Library Foundation book sale.  You can complete up to 4 bingos and each bingo you complete will place you in the grand prize drawing for a Kindle.  Here's a little tip - we are suggesting you use the year you were born as your registration password so it's easy to remember. 

Parents and guardians – be sure to sign your kids and teens up for Summer Reading Club too.  Dig into Reading for kids and Beneath the Surface for teens. New this year, we will have a special program for the little ones, sign up under Dig into Reading but look for the bingo card just for babies, toddlers and preschoolers which focus on fun and early literacy.  Just have one library card in your family?  No problem, just register yourself and you will see a button allowing you to add others to your card. 

Bingo cards will be available online and at your local library on June 1st – the official start of Summer Reading Club!

Needed: Pod of Volunteers!

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Bethany

The Jefferson County Library Foundation's annual Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale is May 30-June 2 and we're looking for volunteers. If you're interested in helping out with this fun and rewarding event, give the Foudnation a call at 303-403-5075. We're looking for folks to help with set up, stocking books, customer service, etc. We also need volunteers year-round! Sign up today!

 

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Tana, Arvada Library

Did you know that the 1st Saturday in May is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY?!  That's right, Super Fans!  You can get one free comic book from participating comic book retailers. 

Check with your favorite comic book shop to see if they are participating this year! 

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Sarah, Arvada Library

The weather outside may be frightful, but here at JCPL we are thinking about summer and Kids Summer Reading Club!

Children and families can pre-register for our Dig Into Reading Kids Summer Reading Club in the month of May. Get a head start on summer and beat the lineups by registering online!

Summer Reading Club begins June 1st. This year we will be playing bingo! Pick up your bingo card at any branch, complete your first bingo and come in to the library to pick up your free book. We will also have some other fantastic prizes like passes to Lakeside Amusement Park and a drawing for a Kindle.

Teens and Adults can also sign up for their Summer Reading programs at http://jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading.

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Tana, Arvada Library

Join us this Saturday, May 4th at 1pm for the movie based on the following book:

Bring a snack (and maybe a blanket... the meeting room can be a bit chilly...).

Hope to see ya!

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Kristin, Columbine Library

JCPL libraries are honored to display art by local school kids in their libraries. 

Here's what you'll see around the system this month:

Arvada Library: kites by the Mountain Phoenix Community School

Belmar Library: art by Green Gables and Westgate Elementary Schools

Columbine Library:  paintings and mixed media by Front Range Christian School through mid-May

Evergreen Library: paintings by 3rd grade Brownie Troupe 2266 from Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen

Golden Library: art by Golden High School

Lakewood Library: art by Pennington and Vivian Elementary Schools

Standley Lake Library: drawing, painting and mixed media by Standley Lake High School

Stop by and see some beautiful things at your local library this month!

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