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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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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 Melanie Crowder, author of Parched.  In a South African land parched by drought, Sarel and her parents fight for survival on a daily basis.  Sarel’s parents lose this fight when they are shot by gang members, who then burn the family residence to the ground.  Not sure what to do, Sarel moves into the dog kennel and spends her days searching for food and water to keep both herself and the dogs alive.  Soon after, Musa, a boy who was kidnapped and forced to drowse for water in the gang that burned Sarel’s home, arrives badly injured.  Musa may be Sarel’s only hope for survival. 

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

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Jennifer, Lakewood Library

The Rocky Mountain Shipwrights taught kids at the Lakewood Library the secret of how to make a ship in a bottle. Do you know how it's done?* Visit the Lakewood Library to see the Rocky Mountain Shipwrights model ship on display by the newspapers. While you're there, tell us: what kind of programs for kids would you like to attend at your local library?

*Here's a hint.

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Joanna, Digital Library

Ever play marbles? No? Ever heard of it? It's a great game of skill and fun that kids played "back in the day." While the game was mostly played by boys, there have been some pretty good girl players, too! Read about the life and marble-playing adventures of Freedom in the Marble Queen, Stephanie Blake's debut novel and a Colorado Book Award Finalist!

Come meet Stephanie Blake at Books and Bites on September 20th, 6 to 8:30 pm, at the Arvada Library.

MakeSomething Rolls On

by: 
Bethany

Didn't sign up in time for the Soft Circuitry MakeSomething workshop? Fear not! There are several more opportunities to create something unexpected. 

We've got an Open MakerSpace Lab happening from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 at the Belmar Library. SparkFun Electronics will have Inventor Kits available for circuitry and programming basics, as well as some other soft circuit supplies that will let you take your sewing projects up a notch. Experts from The Concoctory will also be on hand to assist you. Feel free to come by to work on your own stuff too! 

Get ready for next month when our friends at Campus Cycles, Sparkfun Electronics and The Concoctory  join us for a Bike Lights instructional session. Dusk is falling earlier with each passing day – make sure your bike is properly lit and cruise in safety. Registration is required and is now open. 

Another Open Lab will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Our partners will be joining us again offering their skilled instruction. Bring your bike in and get tips from the experts on maintaining and repairing your ride. 

These events are designed for adults, but anyone is welcome. Anyone under 12 needs to be accompanied by an adult who is also registered for the event. Open Labs do not require registration.

We will be offering more MakeSomething events through the end of the year, so keep your eyes peeled for future classes. 

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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!

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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.

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