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Tana, Arvada Library

Butterflies are beautiful, delicate and very, very HUNGRY little beasties!  You should do your very best to cater them a lovely meal -- somewhere nice... like the alley behind your house!  Or maybe that yucky patch of dirt on the corner of Somewhere and There.  Or maybe over yonder in that big empty field behind Great Wall of Ugly -- just toss a SeeD Bomb full of LoVe and watch the MAGIC happen!* 

Join us at Arvada Library today to let your Inner Gardening Guerilla out -- Make SEED BOMBS and spread the BEAUTY!

Tuesday, May 28th @ 4:30pm.

*MAGIC not instantaneous.  They're seeds.  They take time. But you know what I mean...  EVENTUALLY it will be MAGICAL. Or at least pretty.   

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Connie, Lakewood Library

Do you have kids who love to read? Then Young Readers’ Fun club is the place for them!  The Lakewood Library has a discussion group just for kids.

The club meets once a month to discuss a great kid’s book, have refreshments and make a craft that’s related to the book.

This month’s book is,
The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity by Mac Barnett

Some of the upcoming books include
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly,
Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry and
Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool.

You can pick up a copy of the book at the library, read it, then come and let us know if you liked it or not and if you would recommend it to other kids.  Hang out and enjoy the activities, games and fun!

The group is “drop-in” which means, just come on in and join us.

There are lots of book discussion groups at the library for kids and adults.
See the book schedule for all the upcoming books and discussion groups at the JCPL libraries!

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Brian, Conifer Library

Conifer Public Library's summer LEGO club starts June 6th at 3:00pm. 
These interlocking blocks have captivated kids for decades. They are fun, imaginative toys that provide hours of amusement.

Did you know that building with LEGOS helps with child development? LEGO club encourages literacy through play. Using imagination and creativity in play can lead to better reading skills. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) takes play very seriously. Constructive play teaches children about their world, which creates understanding and concepts recognizable in books. Play is one of the 5 practices of the Every Child Ready to Read program, and building with blocks stimulates creativity and storytelling. Ask a child what they built and I'm sure you will hear some sound reasoning on the who, what, where, when and why of how it came to be. 
I'm very excited to see the creations from these sessions, and all of the kids I've talked to are brimming with energy to come to the library to play. 

For more information on Play from the ALSC

Alter a Book Into a Work of Art

by: 
Bethany

Sure, many books are considered works of art in a literary sense, but have you ever considered turning a book into something else? A sculpture, a painting, a frame, a collage? Something else perhaps? Now's your chance to unleash the creativity of your inner artist!

The Lakwood Library held an Altered Book Contest that ended June 3. Entries are on display at the library and a special ceremony will be held on June 5, when three winners will be announced. There will be a teen competition for ages 12-17 and an adult competition for those who are 18 and older.

 

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Leslie, Standley Lake Library

See Monsters Inc.

Sunday, May 19th

1:00 p.m.

Standley Lake Library

Come to the library to see this movie on the big screen in the meeting room.  Bring a pillow or a blanket and some snacks and enjoy watching it with other fans!

 

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Arra, Lakewood Library

Come to the library and cut up a book, yep you heard me right, cut up a book at the library.  Lakewood Library is hosting an Altered Book contest.  If you are looking for some inspiration or just need a space to get started stop in to our open session on Thursday, May 23rd from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Supplies and books will be provided.  

An altered book is "any book, old or new that has been recycled by creative means into a work of art.  It can be...rebound, painted, cut, burned, folded, added to, collaged in, gold-leafed, rubber stamped, drilled or otherwise adorned." - International Society of Altered Book Artists. 

Entries will be accepted May 20th through 6 p.m. June 3rd.  An awards ceremony reception and exhibition of all the works will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 in the Lakewood Library.

Entries will be displayed at the Lakewood Library as they are submitted and at the June 5th Awards ceremony reception.  The top 3 winners in each category will remain on display at the Lakewood Library through the end of the month.

The contest is open to anyone 12-years-old or older.  There will be a teen competition for ages 12-17, and an adult competition for ages 18 and older.

Swim in a Sea of Books

by: 
Bethany

The Friends of the Jefferson County Public Library's Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale splashes down at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds May 31-June 2. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

And for the first time at the Spring Sale, the Friends Preview Night will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30 and is open to Friends members only. Join today or join at the door.

You'll be swimming in more than 100,000 books, CDs, DVDs, videos, audiobooks with prices ranging from 50 cents to $2.50 on most items. Sunday is Bag Day where for just $6 you can stuff as many items as you can fit in a grocery size bag

For more information or to volunteer, call 303-403-5075 or email friends@jeffcolibrary.org.

As always, proceeds benefit children and teen literacy programs at JCPL, including Summer Reading Club.

Author Janice McDermott to Visit Wheat Ridge

by: 
Bethany

As part of the Wheat Ridge Library's monthly book discussion group, you're invited to join author Janice McDermott as she discusses her book What Would Your Father Say? My Journey to Hope and Light.

This memoir takes readers on a sometimes sad, often jubilant jaunt through her young years in a long-gone rural Iowa. Poverty, the death of her young father, and stints in an orphanage, a foster home and a convent all propel her to an adulthood where she finds peace—with herself and God.

Wheat Ridge Library
9 a.m. Thursday, May 16

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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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