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carol

Wheat Ridge ReadsWheat Ridge Reads presents local author Nick Arvin and his novel of secrets and survival, The Reconstructionist. Join Wheat Ridge Library's Thursday Morning Book Group, meet Arvin, and discuss The Reconstructionist

At a loose end after college, Ellis Barstow drifts back to his home town and a strange profession: reconstructing fatal traffic accidents. He seems to take to the work immediately, and forms a bond with his boss and mentor, John Boggs, an intriguing character of few but telling words.

 "Car accidents are by far the most commonplace manner of premature death in America, and it's rare to find someone who hasn't been affected by one. It's surprising, then, that so little has been written about it in American fiction... This has changed with the appearance of a remarkable new novel, The Reconstructionist." ~ The Denver Post

Suitable for: Adults

9:00 a.m., Thursday. Sep. 15

Wheat Ridge Library 

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carol

Paranormal AfternoonTruth be told, I've always believed in spirits. I'm not alone. A 2005 Gallup poll found that 37 percent of Americans believe in haunted houses, and even more believe in ghosts. "Other worldly" phenomena is represented in pretty much every genre of books and movies. Think about it… popular films such as "Ghost," "Ghostbusters" and "Paranormal Activity" have to be based on some reality, right? JCPL lists thousands of titles about ghosts. And don’t even get me started on ghost hunting TV shows. That in itself is a paranormal phenomenon!

Ready to nurture your inner ghost curiosity? Here’s your chance. Enjoy a fascinating afternoon of ghost hunting in Conifer. Mike Kaminski and friends from the Colorado Paranormal Society will be on hand with information and even some “ghostbusting” equipment to see if they can detect any paranormal activity at our own Conifer Library during this lively haunt!

Suitable for: All Ages

2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 24

Conifer

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carol

Porters and ProseBeer and reading go well together. They do and we’ll prove it. Make time for literature and lager at Lariat Lodge Brewing Company in Evergreen… an awesome way to spend some after-work time on a Tuesday. Each month this fall, you’re invited to read and discuss a current book that touches on contemporary issues in challenging and thought-provoking ways. And there's beer involved!

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sep. 13 - The Revenant by Michael Punke

Leo DiCaprio won the Academy award for the movie. The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the Company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two Company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shockinggrit and determination, Glass sets out crawling inch by inch across more than three thousand miles of uncharted American frontier. The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 - Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

You know him from "Parks & Rec" and now Aziz Ansari offers a hilarious exploration of modern romance. A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation's sharpest comedic voices. At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

A New York Times #1 Bestseller, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel--a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan--from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

If you’re in your 20s or 30s, come meet some like-minded folks, chat about a book and throw back a cold beverage.

Lariat Lodge Brewing Company

27618 Fireweed Drive

Evergreen

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carol

Golden Author VisitLocal author Joanna Walters will join the Golden Library to read from her book, Girl At Sea: Stories of Courage, Growth and Strength From One of the First Women to Serve on US Warships. We'll host a discussion and Q&A after the readings.

Joanna Walters is a 1994 graduate of the US Naval Academy. She was a Division I swimmer for Navy. Upon graduation, she went on to become one of the first women serving aboard combatants as a Surface Warfare Officer.

Joanna spends her downtime enjoying the mountains with her family and can often be found climbing the cliffs of North Table Mountain, running or riding the trails, hiking to the top of 14ers and playing in the snow. 

Suitable for: Adults

2 p.m. Sunday, Sep. 11

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carol

LK Author VisitJoin us at Belmar Library for a visit from Margaret Coel, author of The Perfect Suspect from the series about journalist Catherine McLeod. The Perfect Suspect tells the tale about how after a candidate for governor is murdered, and his estranged wife is arrested for first-degree homicide, Catherine must risk her career—and her life—to find the witness who can identify the candidate's murderer: Detective Ryan Beckman. 

Ms. Coel is a New York Times best-selling author who hails from a pioneer Colorado family. The West — the mountains, plains, and vast spaces — are in her bones, she says. 

Suitable for: Adults

6 p.m. Thursday, September 1

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Sean, Standley Lake Library

Armchair TravelHave you taken a great trip or vacation that you think others would love to duplicate? If so, the Standley Lake library wants to hear from you. We’re looking to start a new armchair travel series called Destinations Unknown this fall.

The purpose of Destinations Unknown is to turn the library into a forum where the community can share travel tips, ideas and experiences. But to do that, we need to find people interested in presenting. We’re after all sorts of vacation stories: from the AAA bus tour down south to the Groupon travel package overseas to the decision to go backpacking for a week with no itinerary at all. Time shares, cruises, family trips, single-person getaways, a romantic expedition for couples . . . we’re interested in the details. (Well, if it was very romantic, perhaps we don’t need all the details). What worked, what didn’t work, what are must-sees and what are avoid-at-all-costs? 

Don’t miss your opportunity to be Rick Steves! 

So if you’d like to participate and present, contact Sean Eads at the Standley Lake Library for more details. 

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cindy

Always wanted to check out Colorado’s 42 state parks? Now you can. We're excited to now offer Colorado State Parks passes through our Culture Pass and Lucky Day program. You can read the nitty gritty details on how the passes work and how you can get your hands on them, but here’s what you need to know:

  • Valid for all 42 Colorado state parks (Does not include national parks or national monuments)
  • Allows free entry for one carload
  • Does not include camping or fishing fees

Inside the backpack, you’ll find the entry pass; binoculars; Colorado wildlife, trees and wildflowers laminated guides; Guide to Your 42 State Parks; Leave No TraceTM card; activity ideas list; and an evaluation form.

JCPL, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Department of Education and the State Library are pleased to partner in bringing the Check Out Colorado State Parks program to 286 libraries throughout Colorado. 

In case you’re wondering what’s behind this program, it not only provides tremendous learning experiences and encourages healthy activities, it gives everyone the opportunity to experience Colorado’s amazing state parks and all they have to offer. 

We expect these passes to be popular, but don’t despair. We’ve set it up so some are reserveable online and they’re also available as Lucky Day items on a first-come, first-available basis.

We'd love to see your photos in the parks - share it on Instagram @jeffcolibrary #CheckoutColorado. 

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carol

Think 8,000 feet above sea level is too high to homestead? Think again! Get tips on high altitude homesteading from a master at Conifer Library. Learn the basics of chickens, goats, bees, food preservation and more from Shantel Scardina of Barefoot Homestead in a series of classes designed for continuous learning. Whether you're interested in starting a full high altitude homestead or just thinking of getting a few chickens for your yard, we're here to help. New students are welcome at any time. 

6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18: Food Preservation

What do you do with all of the food you grew this summer? There are many ways to store and preserve food. We will go over the different options such as water bath canning, pressure canning, and dehydration.

6 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 15: Chicken Keeping

We will take a look at the basics of chicken keeping. We will cover anatomy of both hens and roosters. Basic chick keeping all the way through older hen keeping will be covered. This class is great for the beginning chicken keeper or someone considering chicken keeping as a hobby.

6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20: High Altitude Bee Keeping

Bees are one of the most challenging critters to keep. This class will cover the basics of bee keeping and the challenges faced at our mountain altitude.

6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17: Goats 101

In Goats 101 we will go over the beginner’s information for goat keeping. Discussed will be different species of goats, milk goats, and meat goats. Common illnesses and basic goat husbandry will be covered as well.

6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15: Being Resourceful and Regenerative

Closing this series we will focus on being resourceful and regenerative. Resources are everywhere, all around you and being regenerative is important on a homestead big or small. We will discuss both of these topics, what they mean, and how to use both to create sustainability on our own homestead.

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carol

Dark Waters by Chris Goff Join us when Colorado Author Chris Goff discusses and signs her highly regarded new book, Dark Waters: A Thriller. Since its debut in 2015, Dark Waters has thrilled critics as a rollercoaster read about international espionage.

About the book

Raisa “Rae” Jordan, an agent for the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, isn't in Israel for more than a day before her predecessor is assassinated in a Tel Aviv square. Assigned to investigate the assassination of one of her own, she must also protect Judge Ben Taylor and his teenage daughter. They may be the next targets and are most certainly being threatened by a desperate cadre of terrorists with their sights set on the Secretary of State's upcoming visit. But is an attack on the Secretary of State all that they have planned or is that just the beginning?

About Christine Goff

A former journalist, Goff began her career writing non-fiction for several local newspapers in Summit County, Colorado, as well as articles for regional and national publication. She later edited rock and ice-climbing guides for Chockstone Press, worked in graphic production for “Living the Good News,” a division of The Morehouse Publishing Group, and taught writing workshops for the Colorado Free University, the University of Colorado (multiple campuses), and at writer's conferences internationally. A long-standing member of multiple writing organizations, she has served on several local, regional and national boards, including Mystery Writers of America.

Don’t miss your chance to hear and meet Christine Goff.

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2

Arvada

Suitable for: Adults

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cindy

Grissom Author TalkAuthor Kathleen Grissom will be visiting the Wheat Ridge Library by phone at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 4. Please arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. We’ll enjoy a continental breakfast and coffee before Kathleen calls us to discuss her book by phone.

Kathleen Grissom joins Wheat Ridge Library’s Thursday morning book group to discuss her new book, Glory Over Everything. The author of the New York Times bestseller and beloved book club favorite The Kitchen House continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master of Tall Oakes, whose deadly secret compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad.

The Kitchen House was published in 2010 and became a grassroots bestseller. Grissom’s fans connected so deeply to the book’s characters that she found herself being asked over and over “what happens next?”

Glory Over Everything opens in 1830, and Jamie, who fled from the Virginian plantation he once called home, is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith. After many years of striving, Jamie has achieved acclaim and security, only to discover that his aristocratic lover Caroline is pregnant. Before he can reveal his real identity to her, he learns that his beloved servant Pan has been captured and sold into slavery in the South. Pan’s father, to whom Jamie owes a great debt, pleads for Jamie’s help, and Jamie agrees, knowing the journey will take him perilously close to Tall Oakes and the ruthless slave hunter who is still searching for him. Meanwhile, Caroline’s father learns and exposes Jamie’s secret, and Jamie loses his home, his business, and finally Caroline.

Heartbroken and with nothing to lose, Jamie embarks on a trip to a North Carolina plantation where Pan is being held with a former Tall Oakes slave named Sukey, who is intent on getting Pan to the Underground Railroad. Soon the three of them are running through the Great Dismal Swamp, the notoriously deadly hiding place for escaped slaves. Though they have help from those in the Underground Railroad, not all of them will make it.

Read more about Kathleen.                                     

Praise for Glory Over Everything: “ Five years after her novel The Kitchen House turned a stunning light on the lives at a Virginia plantation before the Civil War, Kathleen Grissom again takes up the generations of a family as they fight their way not only to a life of freedom, but to a life that matters. Everyone moving through these pages, especially James Pyke, established in this story as a durable character of American fiction, is tangled in a great web of secrets too important to keep and too dangerous to tell. Grissom has done the near-impossible: she has kept the tension alive, tension that doesn’t let up until the final page.” (Jacqueline Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Two if by Sea)

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