May 30 - All libraries will be closed for Memorial Day.
Rick Riordan's new series Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard kicks off on October 6th with the release of Sword of Summer. We have Norse mythology to thank for heroes like Thor, and tricksters like Loki. Add Magnus Chase, teen demigod from Boston, and get ready for doomsday.
Place your hold on Sword of Summer now!
While you're waiting, get your library card ready, and learn more about Norse mythology with the Gods, Goddesses and Mythology database.
Image credit: Gods, Goddesses and Mythology, Cavendish Digital
Wrap up your summer reading accomplishments at our celebrity-style “It’s a Wrap!” party.
12–4 p.m. Sunday, August 23
Jefferson County Fairgrounds
15200 W 6th Ave Frontage Rd., Golden (MAP)
This countywide event is the perfect way to wrap up your summer before school activities get too crazy! We’ll have fun activities for all ages, including:
- Bouncy Castles
- Top Hogs
- Folkloric Dancers
- Live Music
- Big Trucks
- Race Cars
- Mobile Computer Lab
- Face Painter
- Side Walk Chalk Art
- Vendor Booths
- Kids Crafts
- Giant Board Games
- Book Swap
- Community Art Project
...And more! Bring a gently used book or two and swap it for another! No need to RSVP, just bring yourself, your smiles, and help us celebrate an incredible summer of reading!
Do you remember the chile rellenos at Casa Mayan or perhaps the cannolis from Carbones? Join authors Robert and Kristen Autobee for a discussion of Denver's culinary past and their book, Lost Restaurants of Denver. The book is full of success stories and recipies from waitresses, chefs, owners, and suppliers.
Authors Robert and Kristin Autobee are taking us on a tour down memory lane. Join us and you’ll leave with great memories and a know-how on how to prepare old favorites like the hearty helpings from the Hungry Dutchman or the dainty morsels from the Denver Dry Goods Tearoom.
Robert and Kristen Autobee
Thursday, August 13 6 p.m.
Turn on the evening news and you’re sure to be overwhelmed with a barrage of complicated issues affecting our world. From digital privacy to ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, the controversies and challenges seem never ending. Have you ever wished you better understood what these issues really involve?
Join us for in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics. The eight-week program begins August 26 through October 28.
Columbine Library is hosting the next series which occurs Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and we provide the materials you need to participate.
- August 26 Introductions and pick up materials (23 copies of materials are available)
- September 9 Russia and the Near Abroad
- September 16 Privacy in the Digital Age
- September 23 Sectarianism in the Middle East
- September 30 India Changes Course
- October 7 The United States and Africa
- October 14 Syria's Refugee Crisis
- October 21 Human Trafficking
- October 28 Brazil's Metamorphosis
Reservations are not required. In order to fully engage, we recommend participants read each article prior to the discussions. Articles and materials will be covered at the August 26 meeting.
STORYTIME: a regular time at which a story is read aloud to children.
Wanna get jazzed for the day? Just come to a storytime at your local library!
I do a weekly toddler storytime at the Evergreen Library and I look forward to it all week! It is my time to shine...use silly voices, see lots of smiling faces, Shake My Sillies Out, and end with a grand finale of the Hokey Pokey...this is not your mother's storytime! Gone are the days of hushed voices and long stories. Instead today's storytimes are interactive and most of all fun!!! Filled with well illustrated and age appropriate books, songs, fingerplays, felt board and interactive activities there is something for everyone at your libraries weekly storytimes.
According to The Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLeL), ECRR (Every Child Ready to Read) highlights EARLY LITERACY STORYTIMES as one of the crucial activities designed to promote early literacy in young children.
Why it's Important:
Literacy-based storytimes offer libraries a way to be partners in education with parents and caregivers. Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) supports the definition of a literacy-based storytime as one that contains the following components:
- Parents and caregivers are invited to attend storytimes with their children
- At least one early literacy practice is highlighted during each storytime
- Storytime leaders model activities that build early literacy skills
- Books and activities promote the use of early literacy skills and practices
- Information about early literacy skills and practices and/or tips for building skills are provided to parents and caregivers during storytime, either verbally, via a handout, or both
At the library we LOVE storytime and we want you and your child to LOVE it too! So, drop on by and give us a try, we can't wait to see you!!!
Colorado author Cynthia Swanson is coming to Arvada Library to discuss her debut novel, The Bookseller. The Library Journal describes her book as “a stunner of a debut novel, astonishingly tight and fast paced. The 1960s tone is elegant and even, and Kitty's journey is intriguing.”
Set in Denver in the 1960s, the story features Kitty who runs a local bookstore with her best friend when she finds the line between her reality and dreams blurred.
Swanson is a student of the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop and lives in Washington Park with her husband and three children.
Tuesday, August 4
Have you ever wondered how that app works on your phone? Do you like solving puzzles and gaming?
Register for the Jefferson County Public Library Coding Camp for Teens and learn what it takes to become a computer programmer.
At this two week camp, you’ll learn computer programming, improve creative problem solving skills and have fun as you explore the basics of writing code. You'll gain an understanding of the basics of computer programming and complete a web page. Take advantage of this experience and work along side some of Colorado's best mentors from the tech industry. No experience necessary!
July 27 through August 7
Teens ages 14 - 18
Monday - Friday
2 - 5 p.m.
Registration is limited and available online. Or call 303-235-5275.
Have you or someone you know always wanted to join a book club but find it difficult to get to the library to participate?
Check out our new Dial a Book Club. From the comfort of your own home, you can connect with other readers and take part in fun and engaging discussions resulting from reading.
The process is simple. Once a month, you’ll use your phone or computer to join a conference call at a prearranged date and time. One of our amazing volunteers will moderate the conversation which lasts about one hour. The groups are kept small so everyone gets a chance to be heard, and conversations get lively as you discuss your favorite authors, choose future books to read, and chat with others.
You’ll be matched with people who share similar reading interests and groups vary by fiction and nonfiction, and genre, like biography and history; general fiction, mystery, romance, historical fiction, westerns, and inspirational reads.
Sign up now or share the news with a friend. When we get enough members signed up for a group, we’ll assign a volunteer and a new club begins.
For more information about Dial a Book Club, or to volunteer as a moderator, call JCPL’s Library2You at 303-275-6173.
College application time already? Does it seem like just the other day your babies were running around in diapers? Now they are driving and figuring out what they want to do when they graduate. If college is in their future, now is the time to think about leaving the nest and applying for colleges.
We're excited to be hosting two great events for teens and their parents to help you begin the college preparation process. Both workshops will be held in our Evergreen Library and are facilitated by Karen Fong Donoghue, college admissions consultant.
College Application Workshop
1 p.m. Saturday, August 1
Gain an edge in the college application process by:
- Understanding components involved in a college application
- Learning how to complete either a Common Application or CU Application
- Learning how to write a winning primary college essay
- Formulating timelines to complete all college applications in a manageable and strategic manner
Please bring (if possible):
- Personal Laptop
- Updated Unofficial Transcript
- Copies of Test Scores (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject)
- Primary College Essay Draft (Optional – Only if student wants it reviewed)
College Planning 101
6 p.m. Wednesday, August 5
Teens and their parents will discuss college admissions process, understanding how to choose the right college prep curriculum, which standardized tests to take, when and how to find colleges that will be the best fit, and how to get the most college money and scholarships.
Summer Reading programming isn’t just for the little ones. We also have a series of financial education programs just for adults. Invest a little time in yourself and attend one of our adult programs.
Blueprint for Financial Success
This free seminar provides a general overview on building a strong financial foundation.
One-third of Millennials are concerned about finding a stable job and paying off loans.
- 52% of Gen Xers and 53% of Baby Boomers say saving for retirement is a major concern.
- Only one-in-five of those surveyed feel financially prepared for an emergency.
- About one-in-four respondents consider themselves financially savvy.
Does this sound familiar? Join us and get some of your financial questions answered!
Pre-retirement Planning: What to consider before drawing social security.
This free workshop is designed to provide you with an overview of some key concepts you need to be familiar with in order to make educated decisions about Social Security. It also gives you a well-rounded look at Social Security’s benefits and discusses opportunities to optimize these benefits depending on your specific situation.
Getting Started in Investing
Edward Jones financial advisor Sonia McCloskey will give a free 45-minute seminar on investing your money. Patrons will learn how to evaluate investment opportunities, invest on a budget, and better understand the resources that can help them make their investments.
August 3 6 – 7 p.m. Standley Lake