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One Book. 1 Golden. Turning the Other Cheek

by: 
Carroll, Golden Library Manager

This year’s annual One Book 1 Golden features Benediction, a powerful novel by Kent Haruf. Haruf is known for writing books that bring small-town Colorado to life and this book is a fitting selection for the close-knit community of Golden.

One of the more powerful chapters in the book deals with Reverend Lyle’s controversial message based on the Sermon on the Mount. Is violence ever warranted as revenge? Is there such a thing as a “just” war? This sermon ultimately leads to the reverend’s dismissal.

This chapter sparked one of the programs I’m most looking forward to - a panel discussion with leaders from the local faith community on “turning the other cheek” and its relevance in today’s world.

Sept. 24, 6 p.m., Golden Community Center
1470 10th Street

Golden, CO  80401
Get tickets

We hope to see you at the panel discussion and the other One Book 1 Golden events. Happy reading!

by: 
Sean, Standley Lake Library

Tomorrow’s the big day! On Friday, September 20th, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. you can meet some of most engaging authors Colorado has to offer by going to the Arvada libray's Books and Bites program. Some of these writers are pretty well known already; others are gems waiting to be discovered. Many are award winners and finalists, including the four authors we’d like to introduce in our very last spotlight.

In 2013, several Colorado authors were finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards, the nation’s top prize for gay, lesbian, and transsexual literature. Two of those authors, Sean Eads and Matt Kailey, were discussed in previous spotlights. Now let’s take a closer look at the remaining Lambda finalists you can meet at Books and Bites.

Dan Stone’s first novel, The Rest of Our Lives, is a lighthearted and contemporary gay romantic fantasy featuring two male witches whose passion reincarnates century after century.  Can this enchanting pair finally succeed after so many lifetimes? Dan is also the author of a poetry collection, Tricky Serum: An Elixir of Poems, and the short fiction collection, Coming To: A Collection of Erotic and Other Epiphanies. In addition to being an author and poet, he is a photographer and college instructor and he can be reached via his website

The cartoons of Dylan Edwards (the artist occasionally known as NDR) have been published in a variety of venues, both in print and online, including his book Transposes and the Fantagraphics anthology No Straight Lines. You may remember him from such comics as his ongoing series Politically InQueerect, and his sports-themed cartoon The Outfield (published on OutSports.com from 2002-2009). Dylan Edwards' Transposes separates gender from sexuality and illustrates six fascinating true stories of transgender men who also happen to be queer. The result is laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreaking, challenging, inventive, informative, and invites the reader to explore what truly makes a man a man.

Jerry L. Wheeler is the editor of the Lambda Literary Award finalist Tented: Gay Erotic Tales from Under the Big Top, as well as the author of Strawberries and Other Erotic Fruits, a collection of gay erotica, non-erotica, and essays, and also a Lambda finalist. He has edited three volumes of erotica for Bold Strokes Books, co-founded (with fellow author William Holden) Out in Print: Queer Book Reviews,and has completed a novel for Lethe Press called The Dead Book. Please feel free to contact him at Out in Print or his website

Kieran York’s lesbian romance novel Appointment with a Smile is a gentle delight. Romance tends to focus on characters in the prime of their life. But does romance end after middle-age? You might think so if you based your assumptions on publishing trends. Kieran’s introspective romance is a moving tribute to the power of love, the choices we make in our lives, and the possibility of starting over again. You can visit with Kieran on her website.

If you're ready to meet all of these great authors, come down to the Arvada library this Friday. See you at 6:30!

 

by: 
Sean, Standley Lake Library

It’s getting about that time, folks! Books and Bites at the Arvada Library is just around the corner. Are you ready to meet some incredible authors on Friday, September 20th from 6:30 – 8 PM?

Right now we're going to introduce you to some more writers who'll be there.

Donna Shannon’s latest book couldn’t be more timely in the current economic climate. Donna’s a career coach with years of experience helping people find employment and take control of their job. Her book How to Get a Job Without Going Crazy is definitely worth a look if you want the inside scoop on how to land the best work you can.

Of course, if you’re stressed out about unemployment (or anything else for that matter), you might want to take the advice Marilyn Raff has to offer and reconnect to nature through gardening. Marilyn has been a professional gardener for 25 years, and she has written extensively on the subject in books like The Intuitive Gardener. More recently, she’s expanded her writing to include poetry. In the Palm of the Land: poems offers beautiful vignettes about the transformative power of gardens in one's life.

Author Matt Kailey knows something about transformation as well. An award-winning author, blogger, and community activist living in Denver, Matt started his transition from female to male in 1997, and since then he has educated thousands of people across the United States and the world as a keynote speaker, presenter, and writer focusing on transgender and transsexual issues. His book Focus on the Fabulous is an entertaining collection of fiction, nonfiction, poetry from Colorado GLBT writers. His other books Teeny Weenies and Other Short Subjects and Just Add Hormones: An Insider’s Guide to the Transsexual Experience were Lambda Literary Award finalists.

Anyone with even a passing interest in mysteries will recognize Robert Greer's name. Robert is a professor of pathology, medicine and dermatology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus in Aurora, and the author of thirteen novels. His latest, Astride a Pink Horse, is a mystery that starts with the discovery of a decorated African American Air Force veteran found naked, dead, and dangling by his ankles inside a deactivated minuteman missile silo in desolate southeastern Wyoming. The investigation reveals deceit, revenge, broken government and memories of the horrors of World War II, the Cold War, and the dawn of the atomic age.

J.M. Mitchell's extensive insider experience with the National Park Service makes his suspense novel Public Trust frighteningly realistic. He was Chief of the agency's Biological Resource Management Division and retired after 36 years of service, having worked in Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks, Washington, D.C. and Fort Collins, Colorado. He worked on many of the most controversial issues facing the national parks, and knew the privilege--and sometimes the pain--of public service. Public Trust is a gripping read about an honest ranger caught in a political firestorm when he returns to the canyons of New Mexico, and has to face hard truths about integrity and trust.

Manuel Ramos is the author of eight published novels including Colorado Book Award winner and Edgar finalist The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz. His recent crime drama Desperado: A Mile High Noir is classic Ramos, flush with details about Denver's North Side and its seedy undercurrent of drugs and gang violence. Manuel is a master of setting who has the ability to turn Denver itself into a character in his novel. Think you know the city well? After deliving into Manuel's novels, you might change your mind!

These and many more great writers look forward to meeting you this Friday, September 20th, at the Arvada Library for Books and Bites.

 

Books & Bites is Friday Night!

by: 
Bethany

Join us at the Arvada Library 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 meet. Kids, teens, fiction, non-fiction, history, sci-fi…nearly every genre will be represented!

You can also sample delicious fare from Hey PB&J, Scrumptious, and Eighty Ate who will all be in the Olde Town Square!

Suzi-Q will also be there displaying her face painting talents for the kids.

 Check out our blogs for spotlights on some of the authors participating in Books and Bites:

by: 
Sean, Standley Lake Library

If you’ve been following these spotlights on the authors appearing at the Arvada library’s Books and Bites program on Friday, September 20th from 6-8:30, you know we think we have a stellar lineup.

But in the case of author Michael Carroll, maybe we should make that an interstellar lineup. Michael specializes in space drawings, creating some of the most amazing artwork you’ll find anywhere. His book Drifting on Alien Winds: Exploring the Skies and Weather of Other Worlds is simply a breathtaking flight of scientific imagination and insight that includes engaging interviews with notable scientists. From lightning storms on Jupiter to the lethal hurricane-force winds of Venus, Michael’s stunning visuals create depths of discovery that demand your attention.

Of course Colorado’s own weather has seemed a little alien lately, so Michael’s next book may keep him closer to home!

Our next author, however, is someone who most definitely didn’t stay closer to home. Determined to raise global awareness about breast cancer, Polly Letofsky became the first woman to walk around the world when she set out from her Colorado home and headed west across four continents and over 14,000 miles—by foot. Polly recounts her amazing story in 3mph: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk Around the World, a humorous, honest and inspirational narrative that encourages us all to take on our biggest challenges—one step at a time.

Our third author’s story might seem to split the difference between Michael’s extraterrestrial landscapes and Polly’s global trek. Alaska can seem like its worlds away, after all, but Naomi Gaede-Penner’s RX for Adventure: Bush Pilot Doctor brings it closer to home as she recalls growing up in Anchorage, Tanana, and Soldotna. Besides offering fascinating details about Alaska as it was pre-statehood, Naomi’s memoir has intergenerational appeal. How many children had mothers who were handy with both a chainsaw and an axe? Or can say their father was a doctor who made house calls by plane and once had a monkey for a patient? Are you intrigued yet?

The last two authors in this spotlight, Dick Kreck and Wilma Gundy, remind us of Colorado’s own adventurous history and proves the truth in John Lennon’s famous quote, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” Dick doesn’t need much introduction to area readers, as he was an editor and columnist at The Denver Post for 38 years. His previous books include the bestsellers Murder at the Brown Palace and Smaldone. His latest book, Hell on Wheels, chronicles the rootin'-tootin' towns that sprang up during the construction of the Union Pacific railroad in the 1860s. Readers may find that delving into that often-sordid history is no less strange than visiting Venus with Michael Carroll.
Wilma is a Colorado native who grew up on the eastern plains and taught English in the metro area for 35 years.  Her memoir My Life Without a Stage Manager features both memories of a Depression-era childhood as one of nine children on a farm, and recollections of her adult life. Powerful on their own, readers may find Wilma’s recollections of her adventures as her family endured drought, grasshoppers, and dust storms make a perfect complement to books like The Worst Hard Time.

We hope you are enjoying these author spotlights and will come meet these fine writers and artists at the Arvada Library on Friday, September 20th from 6:30 – 8 PM.

Starting a Business in Jeffco?

by: 
Bethany

If you're thinking of starting your own small business in Jefferson County, you will definitely want to attend our Small Business Basics series of free workshops at the Arvada Library this month. 
 
Starting a Small Business
Jayne Reiter with the Jeffco Business Resource Center will help you understand where and how to register your business and what licenses are required at this free class. Learn the various legal structures available, taxation fundamentals, and funding options for a new business.
6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17

Writing a Business Plan
Follow the first class with this seminar that will introduce the five essential elements of a business plan, including finances, goals and marketing.
6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18

Retirement 101

by: 
Bethany

If you're in the 50+ crowd and plan to retire soon, this series of workshops at the Columbine Library is for you!

  • 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16
    Representatives from Fuel Financial will answer common questions about social security retirement benefits, Medicare Parts A and B, and gaps.
  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17
    Get your questions about long-term care and income-planning for life answered.
by: 
Sean, Standley Lake Library

It’s time again to showcase some of the authors who’ll be appearing at the Arvada library’s Books and Bites program on Friday, September 20th, from 6-8:30 pm.

Our first author is Kathy Harris. Kathy lives in the foothills west of Denver in a cabin built during the 1920s. The cabin’s haunted, so it’s lucky she shares the space with her husband, son, and two untrainable golden retriever mixes. Kathy has been a bestselling author on Amazon.com and her book A Good Kind of Knowing earned the top literary award from the National Federation of Press Women for 2013. She has also just released her first children’s ebook, Higgenbloom and the Dancing Grandmas. Learn more about Kathy here.

Readers who enjoy paranormal romance and urban fantasy will want to come see Thea Harrison. Thea is a bestselling author on the New York Times and USA Today’s booklists thanks to her Elder Races series. The first book in the series, Dragon Bound, won the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for paranormal romance and was named Book of the Year by the Romantic Times Book Review. It was also listed as one of 2011’s Best Romances on Amazon.com. You can visit with Thea at her website.

Dale Lovin, our third author, definitely followed the old advice to “write what you know about.” Dale was an FBI agent for twenty-five years with a focus on violent crime investigation, and those experiences help him make The Mirror in the River a realistic, gripping suspense novel about human trafficking and a former agent caught in the crosshairs of corrupt politicians. This is a book you will not want to put down.

Come by and meet these and other authors at the Arvada library’s Books and Bites program. You can find our previous author spotlights here, here, and here.

Exploring Colorado Wineries

by: 
Bethany

Paula Mitchell, author of Exploring Colorado Wineries: A Guidebook and Journal, will host a special book discussion in the tasting room of Silver Vines Winery at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. 

Enjoy some of Colorado's best local grapes as she discusses her book and knowledge of wines!

The event is free and open to all! 

by: 
Chandra, Belmar Library

Our new makerspace is famous! Check out this blog post about what's going on at MakeSomething, the makerspace at the Belmar Library. And then sign up for the next workshop, where you can create a bike light. Click here to see all the upcoming MakeSomething events and register soon for the next workshop, as it will fill up fast. 

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