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by: 
Joanna, Lakewood Library

On Friday, September 20th from 6 to 8:30 PM, the Arvada Library will host Books and Bites, a casual opportunity to meet more than thirty Colorado writers, many of them award winners. With authors for children, teens, and adults, Books and Bites promises to be a fun and relaxed literary event for everyone.

For the next few weeks, we’ll be spotlighting some of the fascinating authors you can expect to meet at Books and Bites. This week we want to introduce you to Lois Lindstrom Kennedy and Carol Turner, two authors with unique insights into Colorado history.

A former schoolteacher, Lois Lindstrom Kennedy specializes in non-fiction of the local history variety, and has published several books and monographs about Arvada since dedicating herself to the subject in 1971. In books like Ralston’s Gold, Lois has written in detail about Lewis Ralston, the prospector from Georgia who made the Rocky Mountain region’s first documented gold discovery in 1850.

You may know Carol Turner from the history column she writes in the Broomfield Enterprise. Carol’s most recent book, Notorious Jefferson County, describes the dark and seamy side of Jeffco’s frontier days, amazing readers with a wild cast of rogues, frauds and murderers. Take a shot of bourbon while you peruse this book and you’ll feel like you’re in a saloon!

You can check out their books from the library or purchase them at the event. Until then, be on the lookout for more Books and Bites author spotlights in the days ahead!

by: 
Arra, Teen Services Coordinator

The library will be hosting an Author event in September where you can rub elbows with local authors who write for teens.  One of our featured authors is C.S. Shride, winner of the Colorado Book Award.


Lucy Dakota is one cool teenager. She climbs mountains, braves roiling white water, rappels off cliffs and travels the world! Best of all, she isn't afraid to be herself. But it wasn't always this way. Lucy's story is my story. It's your story. It's anyone who's ever been bullied's story. Anyone who's ever been pressured to do something they didn't want to's story. Anyone who's ever wanted desperately to fit in or belong's story. Lucy Dakota isn't different from other teens - she is just like them.

Meet C.S. Shride at Books and Bites at the Arvada Library on September 20th, 6-8:30.

by: 
Carol, Evergreen Library

Now Showing!

A fun family movie in theaters now:  Despicable Me 2 - Gru (Steve Carell) is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal.  What a fun sequel to the first Despicable Me (2010) where Gru who claimed to be a criminal mastermind used a trio of orphan girls as pawns in a grand scheme.  Instead of villainous glory he finds their love is profoundly changing him for the better.  With the jokes flying (for adults, too), "Minions" running amuck and sharp graphics, kids find both of these movies so much fun!

There was a showing of Despicable Me at the Evergreen Library in July to a very enthusiastic crowd of young patrons. 

Every third Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Evergreen Children’s staff presents a family movie in their series, Saturday at the Movies.  We serve popcorn and offer drinks while families watch movies on the big screen in the meeting room.
Here’s the lineup for the rest of the year:

August 17 – Cars, rated G

September 21 – Toy Story 3, rated G

October 19 – Hotel Transylvania, rated PG

November 16 – The Croods, rated PG

December 21 – Rise of the Guardians, rated PG

Journey to Evergreen Library and join them next month. Bring a pillow, a sense of humor and prepare to enjoy a couple of hours of sheer pleasure.  It is FREE of course, and you can obtain tickets in person or online one week in advance.

 

Enter to Win a Race at Bandimere Speedway!

by: 
Natalie, Foundation Executive Director

The Jeffco Library Foundation received a generous donation and we are excited to share that as a result we will be giving away a Rare & Novel Night: Rock, Race, & Read experience worth $250! The winner will have the chance to burn up the quarter mile in a Z28 Camaro on Thunder Mountain at Bandimere Speedway! The prize also includes a fabulous dinner, complete with hors d'oeuvres, silent and live auctions, and live entertainment. 

Entering is as easy as one, two, three:

  1. Go to our Facebook page and, if you haven’t already, like us!
  2. Click on the Win a Race! Contest tab between “Photos” and “Events”
  3. Fill out a quick form with your name, email address, and phone number.

That’s all it takes! We’ll randomly draw a name and announce our winner on Aug. 15. Enter today! 

 

by: 
Carol, Evergreen Library

All are welcome!  Summer Reading Club prizes will be available to those who have earned them.

Haven't picked up your free book yet?  This will be the perfect time to come.  Many libraries will be offering games, crafts and facepainters or other fun performers. 

Dates and times will vary by library location, so check our Event Calendar to find fun at the Library near you!

You have worked hard on your bingo cards so come join us!  And, don't worry if you can't make it, there is plenty of time to finish your bingos since you have until the end of August.

Start Your Engines!

by: 
Bethany

 

The Jefferson County Library Foundation will hold its 13th Annual Rare & Novel Night at Bandimere Speedway at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. The "Rock, Race & Read" event will once again give guests the chance to burn up the quarter mile in a Z28 Camaro on Thunder Mountain. 

Tickets are $65 to attend and $250 to attend and race; all tickets include hors d'oeuvres, dinner, live entertainment by Jefferson County Public Library’s Stacy McKenzie, and silent and live auctions. You'll get the chance to bid on a condo in Steamboat Springs for a week; a privately catered BBQ, featuring a variety of Craft Beers; a Wine Cellar; signed and framed pictures of Stephen King and Peyton Manning; a condo in Maui for a week; and much more, including rare and vintage books. 

To reserve tickets, contact Natalie Martinez at 303-403-5075. 

Proceeds from the event help support children and teen literacy programs at the Library, such as Summer Reading Club and the Traveling Children's Library.

Special thanks go to Bandimere Speedway and the Bandimere Family Foundation, KYGO, 1st Bank, Brookfield Residential, the Town of Morrison and Richard Billings.

 

 

by: 
Connie, Lakewood Library

AHOY MATEY!

Ever wonder how the ship actually gets into the bottle? 

Solved!

Just attend our Make a Ship in a Bottle program

Saturday, August 10 at 10:30 am

at the Lakewood Library

and learn this trick of the model ship building trade.

This program is presented by Rocky Mountain Shipwrights and is
for ages 6 and up.

Free tickets are required and are available on Saturday, August 3rd,
online, or in person at the Lakewood Library.

Take a look at some of the cool model ships built by Shipwright members on their website, then join us to make your own!

by: 
Arra, Lakewood Library

Hey Teens!  Looking for something to do this week?  Join us at the library for a free event:

Teen Writer's Group
A creative writing group that gives students the opportunity to think outside the box, and to have their work critiqued in a friendly, open-minded environment." Presented by Shelby Yaffe.
Standley Lake Library - Saturday, July 27th 11-1

Read It / See It
Go Beneath the Surface to uncover deep, dark secrets in this month's feature based on the book, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Tweens and Teens Welcome!
Arvada Library - Saturday, July 27 1-3

Summer Reading Club Celebration Day
Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading club with activities in the library.  Pick up your free book and other prizes if you have not already claimed them for finishing Bingos!
Arvada Library - Saturday, July 27th 10-5
Columbine Library - Tuesday, July 30th 12-8
Belmar Library - Wednesday, July 31st 12-8
Lakewood Library - Wednesday, July 31st 12-8
Wheat Ridge Library - Wednesday, July 31st 12-8
Conifer Library - Thursday, August 1st 2:30-5:30
Golden Library - Thursday, August 1st 10-6
Standley Lake Library - Saturday, August 3rd 10-5
Edgewater Library - Tuesday, August 6th 10-5:30

Movie Monday
Movie and an activity at 1 pm. Movies may be G, PG, or PG-13. For those going into grades 5-12 in the fall. Wondering what movie we'll be showing? Here are some clues: 1. Think of the biggest teen book in the last two years. Yeah, it's that one. 2. "May the odds be ever in your favor." 3. The title's something like The Opposite of Full Sports. Still not sure? Call 303-235-5275.
Belmar Library - Monday, July 29 1-3:30

Teen Time: Henna Tattoos
Design and draw your own semi-permanent tattoos with henna.
Golden Library - Tuesday, July 30 3-4

Teen Time: Book Safes
BOOK SAFES! Create a hidey-hole for your most precious precious out of a book! We will carve books using EXACTO BLADES, so come prepared to (DEFINITELY NOT) bleed! Tweens and Teens Welcome! All materials provided.
Arvada Library - Tuesday, July 30 4:30-5:30

Teen Time: Zombie Felties
Make a zombie out of felt so the undead can hang out with you. For those in grades five through twelve. All materials are provided unless otherwise noted.
Belmar Library - Wednesday July 31 4:30-5:30

Games Night!!
Did you finish two bingos?  If so you are automatically entered into a drawing for Games Night.  This is an after-hours party at the library with games (of course) pizza and soda.  Watch for an email the first week of August for an invitation.
All Locations – August 9th 5:30-8

by: 
Arra, Lakewood Library

Hey Teens!  Looking for something to do this week?  Join us at the library for a free event:

Underground Gastronomy
Use the power of science to create tasty treats with the Inventing Room.  Space is limited to 30, so please arrive early.
Golden Library - Saturday, July 20 1-2
Edgewater Library - Tuesday, July 23rd 12-1
Evergreen Library - Tuesday, July 23rd 2-3

Ninja Spy Bootcamp
Practice your ninja-spy skills and pick up some new ones. Learn how to make ninja stars, create a disguise, test your sneaking power, and solve a horrifying crime! You are encouraged to come in costume if you want!
Standley Lake Library - Saturday, July 20 2-3:30

Movie Monday
Movie and an activity at 1 pm. Movies may be G, PG, or PG-13. For those going into grades 5-12 in the fall. Wondering what movie we'll be showing? Here are some clues: 1. The title is something like Really Pretty Animals. 2. Based on a book whose description goes like this: "In a small South Carolina town, where it seems little has changed since the Civil War, sixteen-year-old Ethan is powerfully drawn to Lena, a new classmate with whom he shares a psychic connection and whose family hides a dark secret that may be revealed on her sixteenth birthday." 3. The book series was written by Kami Garcia and Margie Stohl. Still not sure? Call 303-235-5275.
Belmar Library - Monday, July 22 1-3:30

Teen Time - Chia Pets
Make your own chia pet and watch it grow.
Columbine Library - Monday, July 22 2:30-3:30

Steampunk Wrist Cuff
Create a wrist cuff with steam punk gears and other accessories. All supplies will be provided.
Arvada Library - Tuesday, July 23rd 2-3
Columbine Library - Wednesday, July 24th 3-4

Below the Surface: Body Art
Local tattoo artist, Samuel Clark of Tempest Custom Tattooing, explores the cultural significance, history and science of this ancient art form. Afterwards, design your own temp tattoo!
Lakewood Library - Thursday, July 25th 2-3
Golden Library - Friday, July 26th 2-3

Teen Writer's Group
A creative writing group that gives students the opportunity to think outside the box, and to have their work critiqued in a friendly, open-minded environment." Presented by Shelby Yaffe
Standley Lake Library - Saturday, July 27th 11-1

Read It / See It
Go Beneath the Surface to uncover deep, dark secrets in this month's feature based on the book, Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Tweens and Teens Welcome!
Arvada Library - Saturday, July 27 1-3

And that’s just this week! Check the program flier for all events and locations.

by: 
Brian, Conifer Library

Today was our third LEGO Club and once again a huge crowd of LEGO fans showed up. Thank you to all the participants and parents. I see that LEGOS are becoming popular with the moms and dads who show up too. They just can't resist creating something alongside the kids. Good for them!! I am currently working on keeping this going for the whole year. I gave out fliers with possible times and days for LEGO Club during the school year. If you were not able to attend, but would like to fill one out, please see me at the Conifer Library.            

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