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by: 
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. 

Resources:  List of Participating Libraries

by: 
cindy

As the temperature approaches 100 degrees in Colorado, why not enjoy some amazing Summer Reading events for the entire family at your local library.

If you haven’t visited the Summer Reading events page, check it out. We have something for everyone, from butterfly and karate classes for the little ones, to laser tag and escape rooms for the teens. And adults, we didn’t forget about you. Fitness, yoga, cooking and more are waiting for you to explore. All the Summer Reading events are based around the Go Read. Go! theme.

You can browse the entire calendar of events or search by age. What are you waiting for? Exercise your brain and Go Read! Go!

by: 
Mackenzie

Wheat Ridge Library 
4 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 
Suitable for: Kids 

There’s nothing quite like being on a hike and encountering a wild animal in its natural habitat, especially when you’re a kid who’s experiencing the glory of nature for the first time. All of a sudden, your curiosity is piqued and you want to know more about the natural world and its inhabitants! 

If you've ever wondered what a bear thinks about, why a gopher grins, or pondered the doings of deer, this program is "fur sure" up your alley. Get wild in Wheat Ridge as you discover the clues left by wild animals and participate in fun activities with authentic props.

by: 
Carol

Calling future architects and engineers! Have fun while putting basic engineering principles to the test using KĒVA® planks -- uniform wood blocks ideal for construction challenges.  

Fun Fact: The tallest KĒVA® tower was 51 feet, 8 inches, built at the National Building Museum in Washington DC in 2006. This is your chance to try to out-do it! Climb aboard the KĒVA® revolution and build your skills. 

1 p.m. Saturday, April 30
Arvada Library

Suitable for: Ages 6 and up

by: 
Carol

Cupcake Wars
3 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 23
Golden Library

Suitable for: Grades 6-12

Choose your weapons and battle for honor and glory. It’s time for Cupcake Wars at the Golden Library. Come fully prepared to impress the judges. We’ll give you a set amount of time along with a challenging list of ingredients. Think you’ve got what it takes? On your mark, get set, DECORATE!

Space is limited, so register one week in advance. All supplies will be provided. And here’s the best news…You’ll be able to enjoy the spoils of war. SuhWEET.

by: 
Carol

Storytelling has been part of Jewish religion and custom from earliest times, and to this day remains a defining aspect of Jewish life. The best part is that you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy these stories. With humor, warmth and wisdom, Jewish stories entertain, teach and fascinate listeners of all ages and backgrounds.

Explore Jewish culture through a fun series of stories and activities presented by Judaism in the Foothills, B’nai Chaim, Jewish Colorado and PJ Library. We’ll even send you home with a free kid’s book.

2 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 17
Golden

2 p.m. Sunday, May 1
Columbine

2 p.m. Sunday, May 8
Wheat Ridge

2 p.m. Sunday, May 29
Conifer

2 p.m. Sunday, June 12
Belmar

2 p.m. Sunday, June 26
Evergreen

Suitable for: Ages 2-8

by: 
Mackenzie

Giraffes can't dance…GIRAFFES CAN’T DANCE!

OneBook 4 Colorado, the popular reading program that puts books in the hands of young children and encourages families to read together is back, with events and book giveaways scheduled April 11-25 throughout the state. This year’s book is Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and we’re giving it away to every 4-year-old (in English AND Spanish) that visits a Jeffco library between today and April 25!

Giles Andreae will be hosting a live Google Hangout on April 19 at 9:00 a.m. and you can join the chat with him on One Book 4 Colorado’s Google+ page. Ask the author questions and find out more about this year’s book!

by: 
Carol

Eager minds wanted. Like to create, build, play… and challenge yourself? Columbine STEAM Power is your chance to learn and explore. Each month is based on one aspect of STEAM so there are various programs for several interests. 

Here are the upcoming monthly themes:

April: Because MATH (Math Challenge)
5 p.m. Monday, April 11
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13
2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17

May: What's the MATTER? (Odd States of Matter)
5 p.m. Monday, May 9
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11
2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15

June: Rockin' Robotics (Beginning Robotics)
5 p.m. Monday, June 6
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8
2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12

Columbine Library
Suitable for: Ages 7+

by: 
Carol

Which one of your favorite stuffed snuggle friends is ready for an overnight adventure at the library? Bring us that lucky furry friend for a library sleepover and we promise to take very good care of them. Each fuzzy friend will leave the next day, along with a fun photo of their overnight antics. Drop off during open hours Wednesday or Thursday and pick up on Friday or Saturday.

Drop off:
9 a.m. Wednesday, Apr. 13
9 a.m. Thursday, Apr. 14

Pick up:
9 a.m. Friday, Apr. 15
9 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 16

Evergreen Library
Suitable for: Ages 4+

by: 
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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