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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: 
carol

In today's competitive job market, it's smart to have teens get started early with job experience. They'll not only like the paycheck, they can also learn the value of money - especially if parents request some help with cell phone bills and gas. Working is a great way to hone interpersonal skills too. Think about it, this is not just the time to prepare for a career - it's also great teaching about how to deal with various kinds of people, which is what awaits teens in coming years. These are just a few reasons why it's important for teens to get a job (or volunteer). It's never too early to start working on that resume.

On Saturday, May 14, Belmar Library will have American Job Center on hand to assist with resume prep and interview skills. Several local employers are invited to attend too, so plan to make a good impression. Employers will be able to answer any questions and accept applications on the spot.

12 p.m. Saturday, May 14
Belmar Library

Suitable for: Teens

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Jenny, Golden Library

Are you an expert? Enthusiast? Tinkerer? Artist? Engineer?

Golden Library's DIYLab is looking for you!

Beginning May 5th, the DIYLab will be open every Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30pm for experimenting, tinkering, engineering and artistry. We have sewing machines, soldering irons, knitting needles, digital transfer equipment, crochet hooks, an electronic cutting machine, a serger, Dremel tools, robotics components, and more!

What we don't have is you! If you'd be interested in sharing your "very particular set of skills" with your neighbors - either by leading a demonstration, or as an Open Lab maker-in-residence for a Thursday evening (or two!) please let us know at DIYGolden@jeffcolibrary.org.

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

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

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!

by: 
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

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