Can you handle the truth? Family history research is a burgeoning pursuit thanks to TV programs like "Who Do You Think You Are?", "Genealogy Roadshow," and "Finding Your Roots." But before you jump in, have you asked yourself if you’re fully prepared for what you might discover? Together we will be opening closets to expose skeletons, peeking under the lid of Pandora's Box, and shining light on the ethical dilemmas you may encounter in the quest to find your missing ancestors. They may have good reasons why they're hiding from you.
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9
What’s a Teen Advisory Board (TAB)? It’s a fancy way of describing a group of teens who are interested in becoming more involved in their community and library. These teens work with teen librarians to determine which areas of service they wish to focus. Teens can give input on library Young Adult books and materials, help lead/create programming, volunteer at events, organize community service projects, and influence how their library serves their community.
We asked some of our Teen Advisory Board members why they decided to get involved with Jeffco Library and here’s what they said:
“I decided to join TAB for a few reasons. One thing was that I had been to a few teen functions at the library before, and it seemed like planning the events would be something I would enjoy. Also, I had been to a meeting at another library with some of my friends, and the experience was a unique and really enjoyable one.”
-Izzy, Columbine Library
“I decided to join TAB because I decided I would like to be more involved with the community and help others (give back).”
-Angelica, Lakewood Library
“I wanted to help the library with its events, and I had some ideas that I wanted to put in. I also volunteered at the library over the summer and I wanted to continue to support some of its great programs.”
-Ellie, Columbine library
We also asked our TAB members why they think other teens should join them. Here are their reasons.
“Everyone in TAB is super fun, creative, and really amazing to be around. The behind-the-scenes planning is a very unique and awesome experience that can spark many creative muses in anyone. And, lastly we get to talk about a lot of awesome stuff that is exclusive to TAB. And the cookies; cookies are one of the best parts.”
-Izzy, Columbine Library
“It’s fun to plan events, it makes you think about younger kids, after hours parties are fun, especially for 8th-9th graders. “
-Annie, Lakewood Library
“TAB is a great way to get involved with the community and know what’s going on with your local library (events, movies, etc.).”
-Angelica, Lakewood Library
TAB is fun, helps with creativity and planning skills, and you can meet some awesome people that have similar interests to yours.
-Ellie, Columbine Library
If you love what's going on at the library and you want to supply a little bit of your brand of awesomeness to the events that will going on in the future, come on over the TAB side, we have cookies!!!
-Mykenna, Columbine Library
To review: TABs let you get involved with your library, plan teen events, and give back to your community. It's also fun and creative, lets you connect with other cool people, allows you to see behind the scenes, and you occasionally get cookies. Want to get involved in your library’s TAB? We’re taking new members for 2016 now! All you have to do is connect with your local Teen librarian to get involved!
Things are gonna get wild in Wheat Ridge.
Join Nature's Educators for Talon Talk and learn about characteristics that define birds of prey from others. Just as the name states, birds of prey hunt and feed off animals. They’re built with incredible eye sight, strong talons and heavy-duty beaks. A few familiar birds of prey include condors, eagles, falcons, hawks, osprey, owls, and vultures. Nature’s Educators come in for a landing at Wheat Ridge to teach about the birds' personal histories, anatomy, hunting strategies, habitats, and why they're important to our ecosystems. Spread your wings and meet some fine feathered stars of the talon show. Space is limited to the first 30 participants.
2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
We've rescheduled this program for Dec. 30, 6 - 8 p.m.
It’s not always about the North Pole in December. While the little ones may be focused on the North Pole, you can have fun learning about the South Pole.
Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole on December 15, 1911. Known as “the last of the Vikings,” Amundsen and his expedition team from newly-independent Norway raced against the British Empire in one of the greatest international races prior to the race to the moon. As you can imagine, the journey was full of tragedy and triumph.
Join us as a member from Active Minds tells Amundsen’s historic and adventurous tale. It’s a very cool way to celebrate the anniversary of this polarizing event. Yes, I just said that. And yes, my puns are going south.
6 p.m. Dec. 30
Friday, December 4th
10:30am: Festive Family Fun
Join us for a special outdoor hayride storytime! You might need mittens and parkas, you might need sunscreen, but we'll be doing a holiday craft and you can get your picture taken with Santa! No registration required (weather permitting)
12-8pm: Holiday Used Book Sale
Make a massive dent in your holiday shopping list - without making one in your wallet - at our annual Holiday (gently) Used Book Sale. Presented by the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library. All proceeds benefit library programs like Summer Reading!
5:30-8:30pm: Holiday Open House
We close at 5pm, but only so we can snazz up the place and re-open at 5:30pm! We're celebrating the Candlelight Walk with:
- Cookies and hot cider
- Ballon sculptor
- Harpist Maria O'Bryan performs from 6-8pm
Come see us before the fireworks!
Saturday, December 5th
10am-4pm: Holiday Used Book Sale
Too much going on last night to concentrate on our great selection of used books for sale? It happens. Come by on Saturday and browse at your leisure!
Saturday, December 12th
8:30-10:30am: Breakfast with Santa at Table Mountain Inn
A pancake breakfast storytime with Santa? Yes, please! And wait...do Santa's elves seem familiar? Reservations required: http://goldencochamber.org/olde-golden-christmas
‘Tis the season… for puppets!
Yep, it’s time again for the Evergreen Librarians to entertain with their annual holiday puppet show. Come watch and share the magic with two special themed shows. You can also show your holiday spirit with interactive songs and rhymes. This is an annual favorite, so bring the whole family (all ages welcome!) to join the fun.
4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9
Holiday Open Houses
You are warmly invited to join us for our lovely holiday open houses. Several Jeffco locations are readying the trimmings to help us welcome you for a bit of holiday cheer. Please see below for times and locations. We look forward to seeing you and getting into the spirit of the season.
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1
In conjunction with Old Town Arvada's Lagniapppe celebration, the library invites you to attend our holiday open house! Enjoy the season among friends with music from Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow, light refreshments, crafts, and pictures with Santa.
2:45 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16
Join the Conifer library for holiday cookies, crafts, music and games.
5 - 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12
12 - 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13
Evergreen Holiday Open House and Book Sale
Join us for holiday festivities as we say “thank you” to our community. You’ll enjoy live music from the Evergreen High School Choir Friday night, light refreshments, activities for kids and adults, and a “gently used” book sale.
10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12
12 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13
5:30 - 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4
Join us for cookies and hot cider, balloon sculptor and music, live harp music performed by Maria Obryan as well as nearby entertainment (Golden Visitor’s Center down the street) and fireworks (presented by City of Golden). The Candlelight Walk/Holiday Open House is a wonderful tradition. And do a little shopping too! Our Holiday Used Book Sale presented by the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library will be open:
12 – 8 p.m. Friday, December 4
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, December 5
2 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12
'Tis the season for music, crafts, and cookies! We're hosting an Open House with Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow. Join us for cookies, cider and kids crafts.
12 - 4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 6
Get that ho ho ho spirit with our kids craft party. Kids are invited to create a craft for holiday gift giving and to have their faces painted from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.
It’s winter break. Time for family, friends, and let’s face it, sometimes cabin fever! Need an activity to give you a change of pace? We’re here to help. Take a look at a variety of amazing ways to spend a few hours. This is just a sampling, so be sure to peruse the Event Calendar online - search for "Winter Break."
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28
LibLab: Ancient Rome
Join us for a fun, hands-on hour as we explore the wonders of Ancient Rome. We'll build arches (like the Roman Coliseum) catapults and more. Registration required. Free online tickets available one week prior. Ages 6-11
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29
LibLab: Solve a Crime
Explore the science behind the forensics of using clues for solving crimes. Figure out how footprints, DNA, fingerprints and more help… and then see if you can solve the Standley Lake Library Heist! Registration required - Free on-line tickets available one week before.Ages 6-11
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
LibLab: Mystery of Acoustics
Make some noise! Come explore the science of acoustics with dancing, screaming, and chiming (not by humans)! Registration required - Free on-line tickets available one week before. Ages 6-11
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31
LibLab: Mythic Creature Art
It's tin time! Create original, fantastic tin art featuring our favorite mythical creatures. Registration required - Free on-line tickets available one week before. Ages 6-11
1 - 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21
Movie Time+ – ELF – and cookie decorating
Watch the movie Elf (PG) and decorate holiday cookies. In this popular holiday movie, the elves raise Buddy as one of their own, but when he begins to notice his differences to the other elves he goes to New York City to find his family. The movie begins at 1 p.m. Kids can decorate cookies to eat here or take home. If you can't come for the movie, drop by between 2:45 and 5 p.m. to decorate cookies. Ages 5+
1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22
LEGO Build & Play - Special Winter Break Edition. All ages
1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23
Movie Time+ – The Muppet Christmas Carol – and cookie decorating
Watch The Muppet's Christmas Carol (G) and decorate holiday cookies. In this popular holiday movie, Scrooge is visited by the sprits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. After revisiting his sorrowful past, hate-filled present, and doomed future, Scrooge turns over a new leaf and becomes the most generous person in town. The movie begins at 1 p.m. Kids can then decorate cookies to eat here or take home. If you can't come for the movie, drop by between 2:45 and 5 p.m. to decorate cookies. Ages 5+
1 - 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28
Winter Break Fun - Surprise Craft!
Drop into the Children's Area between 1 - 5 p.m. to create a surprise craft! Ages 5+
1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29
Winter Break Fun - Recycled Puzzle Picture Frame
Make a cool picture frame using recycled puzzle pieces. The fun will be in the Columbine meeting room.
1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
Painting with Magnets
Drop in to the Children's Area to make a masterpiece for the fridge - or wherever you wish to display it.
5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
Teen Movie Time - Jurassic Park
The Columbine Teen Movie Club is a twist on the traditional book club. And there's pizza involved. Here's how it works: Read the book of the month and then meet at the library to watch the movie based on that book! We'll discuss whether the movie was better than the book, if it was an awful, no-good, horrible travesty, or if it was just an okay movie that accurately represented the source material. A whole new book every month? Seriously? Don't have time for that? That’s okay, we get it. Come and watch the movie with the group, eat a slice of pizza, and add your thoughts.
10:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19
Family Movie Time – Polar Express (G)
Put on your jammies (optional!) and join us for this classic movie based on children's author Chris Van Allsburg's modern holiday classic of the same name, The Polar Express revolves around Billy, who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so with his family's dogged insistence that all of it is a myth, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself. This all changes on Christmas Eve when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train's conductor, along with the other passengers, help turn Billy's crisis in faith into a journey of self-discovery. (100 minutes)
1 p.m. Monday Dec. 21
Movie Time – ELF (PG)
Buddy was a baby who stowed away in Santa's toy bag and ended up at the North Pole. The elves raise him as one of their own, but when he begins to notice he’s different than the other elves, he goes to New York City to find his birth father in this sweet holiday comedy. (97 minutes)
1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22
Movie Time – Inside Out (PG)
Growing up can be a bumpy road and it's no exception for Riley who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions; joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. (102 minutes)
1 - 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23
LEGO Play & Build - Special Winter Break Edition
1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28
Movie Time – Minions (PG)
Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon, the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan and alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob, he ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. (91 minutes)
1 - 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
LEGO Play & Build
1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31
Movie Time - Shaun the Sheep Movie (PG)
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargains for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home. (85 minutes)
Our Teen Movie Club is a twist on the traditional book club. And there's pizza involved. Here's how it works: Read the book of the month and then meet at the library to watch the movie based on that book! We'll discuss whether the movie was even better than the book, if it was an awful, no-good, horrible travesty, or if it was just an okay movie that accurately represented the source material. A whole new book every month? Seriously? Don't have time for that? That’s okay, we get it. Come and watch the movie with the group, eat a slice of pizza, and add your thoughts.
5 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 25 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Have you ever used your smartphone to locate the nearest coffee shop? Do you wear a fitness tracker? Have you used Google Earth?
All of these useful and fun tools are examples of geotechnologies. Today’s maps can actually help to make the world safer, healthier, and smarter.
Join geographer and educator Joseph Kerski for a journey through some of the major issues of our 21st century world to discover how maps are changing the ways we understand our planet. Map everything from real-time airplane locations to your last hike, explore some of the major challenges facing our 21st-century world, and discover why maps still matter.
6 p.m. Tuesday, December 1