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Carol

Fun Fact: Our bookmobile provides many of the same services as your local library! You can pick up requests, grab Lucky Day items, check out tablets, books, magazines and DVDs. Come on board to discover our services, learn something new about bookmobiles, and use our free WiFi.

National Bookmobile Day is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities. This year it starts on Wednesday, April 13 and we’re celebrating it with a two-week open house from Tuesday, April 12, through Friday, April 22! Meet us and join the party!

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Mackenzie

All Colorado 4-year-olds can get a copy of same book this spring! JCPL is once again partnering with OneBook 4 Colorado to give away 75,000 copies of the same book (in English and Spanish) to every 4-year-old in Colorado from April 11-25 in all Jeffco library locations! Reading with preschoolers every day helps get kids ready to learn to read in kindergarten, and getting free books into homes makes that easier. 

We’re also hosting a super special Toddler Time and Family Time with an extra special guest at Columbine Library on the morning of April 11, so mark your calendars and we’ll see you there! 

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Cindy

Monday, April 4, is a day worth celebrating!  It's the first day of JCPL's expanded schedule, which restores Library service hours to pre-recession levels.

Beginning Monday, JCPL’s larger libraries (Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Evergreen, Golden, Lakewood and Standley Lake) will be open 65 hours a week (up from 51), and the smaller libraries (Conifer, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge) will be open from 40.5 to 48 hours per week.

In honor of this very special occasion, volunteers will be on hand to hand out cookies and balloons (compliments of the Library Foundation; while supplies last), and staff will be on hand to showcase other exciting enhancements, including more books and materials and updated technology. 

This is an important day for JCPL and Jefferson County, and we hope you'll stop by to celebrate with us! 

by: 
Carol


Peeple's Choice Award Ceremony

1 p.m. Saturday, April 16
Golden Library

Submissions Due: Friday, April 1
Voting: April 1 – 14

Golden Library is hosting its first annual literary diorama contest! Use your leftover Peeps marshmallow treats to create a scene from one of your favorite books. Bring your creation to the library and fill out an entry form by April 1, then vote for your favorites in four distinct age categories:

  • Kids ages 4-10
  • Teens ages 11-17
  • Adults aged 18+
  • Family/multiple creators/group creations

On April 16 we’ll award the prizes. We can’t wait to peep into your favorite book! 

Contact us or stop by the Golden Library for more information.

by: 
Carol

Wahoo – It’s Spring Break Fun time! Put away those mittens (unless the weather is still pretending to be winter) and check out your local library for some fun. Take a look at all the amazing ways to you can spend a few hours! 

Columbine

Kids of all ages are invited to drop in at 1 p.m. each day. Here's what we have planned:

Monday, Mar. 21 - Stop by and make an amazing bookmark! 

Tuesday, Mar. 22 – Make a wonderfully colorful windsock. 

Wednesday, Mar. 23 - Be a real flower child making fork-painted spring tulips.

Thursday, Mar. 24 - Calling all LEGO® fans and Keva plank fans too! What story will your project tell? We provide the building materials.

Friday, Mar. 25 - Double Feature Friday: 1 p.m. - Goosebumps [PG], 3 p.m. - Monkey Kingdom [G]

Monday, Mar. 28 - Join us for a funny take on the fairy tale classic, Rumpelstiltskin, and then make your own puppet. Please bring a wooden spoon so you can make a special wooden puppet, or use one of ours. Show times are 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Lakewood

Build Your Own Super Hero Identity
3 p.m., Monday - Friday, Mar. 21 - 25
Join us for super hero activities Monday through Friday from 3-5 p.m. Drop-ins are welcome. Suitable for: All ages

Super Hero and Movie Time: The Incredibles [PG] 1h 55min
3 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 22
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. Suitable for: All ages

Movie and Super Hero Time: Guardians of the Galaxy [PG-13] 2h 1min
3 p.m., Friday, Mar. 25
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. Suitable for: Ages 10 and up

After Hours Super Hero Flip Book
5:30 p.m., Friday, Mar. 25
Teens, come enjoy some pizza with your comic loving friends, then make your own comic strip using the Flip book method with Post-it™ notes. We'll also play Super Hero Jeopardy game where you’ll test your knowledge of various comic super heroes from DC Comics™ to Marvel™.  The fun ends at 7:30 p.m. Suitable for: Teens

Arvada

Monday Movie -- Goosebumps [PG]
1 p.m., Monday, Mar. 21
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. Suitable for: Ages 6 and up

LEGO® Play and Build
1 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 22
Everyone loves to play with LEGO® Bricks! Build something based on the monthly theme or use your imagination in free play. LEGO® and LEGO DUPLO® provided.
Suitable for: All Ages

Movie Time: Hotel Transylvania 2 [PG]
1 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 24
Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel. Suitable for: All Ages

Cubelet and Keva Challenge!
1 p.m., Friday, March 25
All ages

Arvada After Dark -- Amazing Race Library Edition!
6 - 8 p.m., Friday, March 25
Teens 11 - 18   Registration required

Evergreen

LEGO® Play & Build
1:30 p.m., Monday, Mar. 21
Builders of all ages are welcome to stop by the library during spring break today, 1:30-4 p.m. There will not be a theme, just build your own creation. We provide the LEGO® bricks and LEGO DUPLO® for younger kids. No advance registration required today.
Suitable for: Kids and Teens

Golden

Big Hero 6 [PG]
1 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 22
Hiro's a genius, but what he really wants is to be like his inventor big brother, Tadashi - but one day, Tadashi vanishes while saving Hiro's life. The only thing left behind to console the grief-stricken Hiro is Tadashi's last invention, the health-care companion robot Baymax. But the friendship that grows between the gentle bot and the lonely boy is only the beginning of their adventure.

Inside Out [PG]
1 p.m., Wednesday, Mar. 23
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions; Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life.

Frozen [PG]
1 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 24
When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

Minions [PG]
1 p.m. Friday, Mar. 25
Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters--which they are continuously unsuccessful at keeping. One Minion named Kevin, however, has a plan, and he and two of his Minions cohorts venture out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

Standley Lake

Anime Watch Party
2 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 20
We're watching popular anime in the Meeting Room. Join us! Suitable for: Teens

by: 
carol

Everyone’s happy to see Scarlet when she comes to the Standley Lake Library for her PAWS for Reading session. Scarlet, a rescued Siberian Husky named for her beautiful reddish coat, is one of the most mellow animals known to man. Chosen for her good nature, Scarlet is a wonderful representative of the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program.  

Scarlet gently greets children and lies down as they read to her. At the end of each reading session, she politely accepts her favorite treat – “Cheesies” (as Susan, her handler, calls them) and escorts the kids out of the room.

Get to know Scarlet:

• Birthday: Valentine’s Day! (She turned 9 on 2/14/16)

• Lives in: Arvada

• Favorite Toy: Anything that squeaks

• Favorite Snack: Cheesies – They look like Cheese-it crackers.

• Favorite Book: Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

• How long has she been a therapy dog? 2 ½ years

• Nickname: “Scardini” because when she was younger, she escaped from almost anywhere!

The PAWS for Reading program is one of the most popular programs at JCPL. Any kid who reads enjoys a furry friend listener. PAWS for Reading is particularly helpful for reluctant readers. (Reading out loud is also a great exercise for a budding reader!) Kids tend to be much more comfortable reading to dogs because there’s no stress and no judgment.

If you’d like a chance to read with Scarlet or one of her canine buddies, be sure to register for your 15-minute session. Call 303-235-5275 or ask our staff for details.

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Sandi, Arvada Library

Do you have a new or reluctant reader in your family?  For many kids reading to a furry friend, or an awesome Teen Volunteer would make reading practice more enjoyable.  Jefferson County Public Library's PAWS for Reading, and Reading Buddies leaves kids wanting to read even more. 

At PAWS for Reading, kids who are learning to read, and who are building confidence in their reading skills read with a dog friend from Animals 4 Therapy.  Dogs are perfect reading companions.  They create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment for sharing books.  Each dog comes with a kind person who is also trained to assist, and encourage during your child's reading experience.

Drop in, or register your child for a 15-minute independent reading session, one week in advance by visiting the library or calling (303)235-5275 (JCPL).  Children must be able to read independently. 

Available at these locations.

  • Arvada: 2nd & 3rd Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Columbine: 1st & 2nd Saturdays from 1-3 P.M.
  • Evergreen: 1st Mondays at 4:00 p.m.
  • Golden: 1st & 2nd Saturdays from 2-4 p.m.
  • Lakewood: 2nd Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Standley Lake (Reservations only at the library) 3rd Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.

Arvada Library Reading Buddies help promote literacy skills and a love of reading for kids grades K - 3.  This twice weekly one-hour program helps kids develop reading skills and confidence by pairing them with one of our awesome Teen Volunteers who are trained to provide special attention and support.  Little Buddies will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  While registration is not required, you can guarantee a session by calling 303-235-5275 (JCPL), online at jeffcolibrary.org, or in person at the Arvada Library.

Spring Session: Feb. 17-April 27th

  • Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
by: 
carol

"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." – Dr. Seuss

Grab your favorite red & white striped hat (optional) and join us and Read Across America as we celebrate this beloved children’s author’s 112th birthday with stories, music, games and crafts. 

Find your favorite JCPL location and join the fun.

Belmar

1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 1

Lakewood

7 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 3

Standley Lake

11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 1

Suitable for: Ages 8 and under (and all Dr. Seuss fans too!)

by: 
carol

Tomatoes in Evergreen? You Bet!

Choose the right produce to grow in your mountain food garden. With our short growing season, mountain soil, and cool summers, what provisions can we possibly grow in our gardens that will produce? As it turns out, a lot! Just in time to plan for a great 2016 garden season, join master gardener Margaret Rode in a fruitful discussion of seeds and plants that are specially adapted for our conditions. Learn about sources for high altitude seeds, easy tactics for getting an early start on things, and choosing varieties that are tough, hardy, AND productive.

2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13

Evergreen

Suitable for: Teens and Adults

 

by: 
carol

Although “watch the birdie” relates to old fashioned photography, we’re talking about friends who light up our skies and trails during this time of the year. 

Winter white creates a perfect backdrop to make local birds stand out, so we’re taking a cue from nature and invite you to join Evergreen Audubon and Evergreen Nature Center in celebrating the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Learn more about your flighty neighbors through games, conservation crafts and (of course) bird watching. Who knows, you might catch a glimpse of a Western Scrub Jay, a Killdeer or even a Pine Sisken. 

Grab your binoculars and learn about your fine feathered friends of Colorado. Start a new family tradition! You won’t believe how easy it is to become a citizen scientist in your own backyard. We’re kicking off the three-day event by turning birdfeeders and local trails into literal field labs. Register online one week in advance. Limit: 25 participants.

Kickoff event:

1 – 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 12

Evergreen

Suitable for:  Ages 6-12

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