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July 2013

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Connie, Lakewood Library

In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless.  This isn't most fairy tales.

In the new book, Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill, Violet is a princess after my own heart.  She is decidedly NOT considered pretty with her mismatched eyes and unruly hair but she is smart and resourcefuland just may be the key to her kingdom's entire survival!

Violet loves stories, telling them and hearing them.  When the royal storyteller tells a story about a beautiful princess, Violet takes it to heart and begins to see herself as something less.  One day, when she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book, Violet is drawn into the world of the Nybbas, an evil being that will grant Violet her fondest wish, to be beautiful– if only she will do just one rather small favor for him.

"Iron Hearted Violet is a story of a princess unlike any other.
 It is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them,
 and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.”

For an unconventional story about an unconventional princess, give Iron Hearted Violet a try!

 

by: 
Sarah, Arvada Library

If you're gearing up for Independence Day fun, check out the fireworks and festivals guide from 7 News Denver. Some Colorado locations have had to cancel firework displays due to dry conditions. Know before you go!

 In preparation for the big day tomorrow, why not try a patriotic craft? This popsicle stick flag craft from Ginger Snap Crafts is perfect for little hands!

 

All Jefferson County Library locations will be closed on July 4th. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

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Rachel, Golden Library

As a kickoff to our Dig Into Reading Summer Reading Club, a few employees of Jefferson County Open Space brought their very own backhoe to the Golden Library on May 31st!

The backhoe’s bucket was decked out with a display of books and kids got to climb in and out of the seat where the operator sits!  Open Space employees presented information about the kinds of things backhoes are used for and answered questions.

Check out these photos!

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