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Behind America’s Masterpieces: Art 101


Summer Reading is underway and with it comes a host of amazing programs.  As part of the City of Lakewood’s INSPIRE Arts Week, we are hosting a special program revealing the stories behind some of America’s most famous paintings, photography and sculpture. 

Throughout its history, the United States has produced bold and conic art as diverse as its people. Join us for a discussion of our nation’s great masterpieces as art historian Heidi Strang, Ph.D., reveals the stories behind famous American paintings, photography and sculpture.

Wednesday, June 10  6 p.m.

Lakewood Library


Celebrate Summer Reading at REaD Carpet Events


Join Summer Reading 2015 and help us reach our goal to read 1,000,001 minutes in Jeffco this summer.  Kids and teens will receive a free book and prize pack upon sign up (while supplies last).  We’re hosting celebration events in each library with fun activities for all ages.  Kids can go on a scavenger hunt for book celebrities, bling out a set of glasses, race with an egg and a spoon, and much more.  Teens can test their engineering skills as they build a paper rollercoaster. Everyone can participate in a community art project by local artist AWOL.  

May 30

  • Bookmobile, 12 – 4 p.m., Ken Caryl & Shaffer Bookmobile Stop. Sponsored by: McDonald’s.
  • Belmar, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A and Del taco.
  • Columbine, 12 – 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A and Del taco.
  • Conifer, 12:30 – 5 p.m. 
  • Wheat Ridge, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A.

May 31

  • Arvada, 12 – 5 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A.
  • Evergreen, 2 – 4,  p.m., held at Hiwan Homestead Museum. 
  • Standley Lake, 1 – 4 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A.

June 2

  • Edgewater, 12 - 6 p.m.  A facepainter will be on hand from 2 - 6 p.m.  Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A.
  • Lakewood, 12 – 6 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A and Del Taco.

June 14

  • Golden, 12 – 4 p.m. Sponsored by: Chick-fil-A and Del Taco.


The Best Thing about Spring? The Whale of a Used Book Sale!


I love spring. I love the rainy days. I love the scent of new lilacs. I especially love way the world finally begins to wake up and turn green again.

You know what else I love? The Jefferson County Library Foundation’s Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale!

That’s right! The Spring Whale Sale is coming up at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, and this year we have more than 100,000 books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, and videos with prices ranging from $0.50 to $2.00 for you to shop. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., on Friday, May 29 and Saturday, May 30.  And on Sunday, May 31 the hours are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.. Admission is FREE! As always, all the proceeds from the Whale Sales will benefits children and teen literacy programs.

PS: We’re still looking for afternoon volunteers! For more information or to volunteer, call 303-402-5075 or email friends@jeffcolibrary.org

PPS: Keep an eye on future Spring Whale Sale blogs for details on how to save even more money on your Whale Sale purchases!


We Need a Pod (Get It?) of Volunteers!


The Jefferson County Library Foundation’s annual Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale is May 29-31 and we’re looking for volunteers, especially in the afternoon. If you’re interested in helping out with this fun and rewarding event, give the Foundation at call at 303-403-5075. We’re looking for folks to help us with set up, stocking books, customer service and more! (Teens, this kind of thing looks great on college applications and resumes!)

We also need volunteers year-round! Sign up (link to: http://jeffcolibrary.org/volunteer/) today!

Make your own miniature garden


Have you ever made a terranium? A terrarium is sort of like an aquarium, but for plants instead of fish. This miniature garden is usually made in a glass container and plants are added to create a mini garden.

We'll be making terrariums using mason jars, rocks, dirt, plants, and other trinkets to create a unique miniature garden for yourself or to give as a gift (hint: Mother's Day is coming!)  Special thanks to Timberline Gardens in Arvada for donating the supplies for this program!

Tweens and teens welcome! Ages 10-18.

2- 3 p.m.  Saturday, May 9

Standley Lake Library


Summer Reading 2015 Launch Party & Celebrity Read-a-thon May 29


** Sign up to be reminded when Summer Reading kicks off on May 29!

It’s almost summertime! Sandals, swimsuits, and sunshine abound and the last thing on most kids’ minds is school. But, summer goes by quickly and before you know it, swim bags are traded in for backpacks and sandals for tennis shoes as families prepare to head back to school. You can help exercise your children’s brains by participating in the Summer Reading program.

It doesn't matter what you read! Summer is about fun and there is something fun for everyone waiting at the library.  Children younger than six use singing, playing and games as they begin to learn to write and read.

Mark your calendar and attend the free Launch Party and Celebrity Read-a-thon! Summer Reading and registration opens with a kick-off at the Jefferson County Administration Building. Local celebrities will read a 3-minute excerpt from their favorite books and literary characters, including Spiderman, Hogwarts Faculty, Tigger, Star Wars, and more, will be on site at celebrity photo booths to take pictures with you! Our library storytellers will share some wonderful story times for the kids, too!

Friday, May 29
3-6 p.m.
Jefferson County Courts & Administration Building
100 Jefferson County Parkway


Check out our short promotional video.

Teen time at Columbine


Join us for Teen time, a monthly program for teens and tweens, grades 4 and up. No registration required. All supplies are provided.

Tuesday, May 12, 4 p.m.
We’ll test your building skills with a series of challenges and themes.

Whose Line is it Anyway?
Tuesday, June 9, 4 p.m.
Bring your best acting skills for some fun improv games.

Giant Chess
Tuesday, July 14, p.m.
Play a game of human-sized chess.

Board Games
Tuesday, August 11, 4 p.m.
Choose from a collection of classic and new board games to play.


Arvada After Dark


Are normal Scrabble letters just too small for you?  Have you  dreamt of connecting FOUR in a big way?  Do you secretly long to be a hippo?  Then join us for Arvada After Dark THIS FRIDAY and make all your GIANT game dreams come true!  We will be playing oversized versions of some of our favorite games, including a Human Hungry, Hungry Hippo game similar to THIS.

That’s right, Teens. Be. The. Hippo.

Friday, April 24 @ 6:00 PM

Registration Required.

#JCPLshelfie Instagram Contest


shel-fie  [shel-fee]
“a photo of yourself taken in front of a book shelf "

Jefferson County Public Library is finally on Instagram and to celebrate, we’re having a contest from April 12th through April 18th (National Libraries Week) and it’s super easy to enter. All you have to do to participate is:

  1. Find and follow us at @jeffcolibrary on Instagram
  2. Take a selfie in front of their favorite book shelf
  3. Upload it to Instagram and use “#JCPLshelfie” in the description

You could win a $25 Starbucks’ gift card and we’ll feature the winning photo on our social media! 

PS: We’re also on Pinterest , Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Check us out!

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a Poetry Party


Join the Bookmobile Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. to celebrate National Poetry Month. We're hosting a Poetry Party and invite you to participate in a special poetry workshop and performance.

2 – 3 p.m.  Poetry Workshop:  JCPL staff will lead participants in poetry writing exercises, including concrete poems, blackout poetry, haiku, and popular formats. The workshop will be held in the McDonald’s Play Place at 7509 S. Alkire St. in Littleton.

3 – 3:30 p.m. Poetry Reading: Following the workshop, head to the Bookmobile that will be parked in the Safeway parking lot at Ken Caryl and Shaffer St. Bring a lawn chair and sit under the awning to listen to new poetry. You’ll even get the chance to read your favorite poetry selection over the Bookmobile’s sound system.

Reminder! The Bookmobile visits the Ken Caryl & Shaffer Safeway parking every Saturday, 12 – 4 p.m. Reserve your books, movies and other materials and we’ll deliver them to you!


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