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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


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!


Judie R. remembers going to the library as a young girl in Fort Collins. Her favorite part was the Summer Reading contest, and she admits that she was in it for the cool prizes. Now her library prize is a bit different, but equally fulfilling.

Judie and her husband, Bob, moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado about three years ago when they retired to be closer to family and enjoy our beautiful state. They’ve been volunteering for Jeffco Library ever since. Sometimes they help out in the Children’s area; other times you’ll find them at the semi-annual Whale Sale events. But it’s delivering materials to our homebound patrons that means the most. For homebound patrons and those living in assisted living facilities, the lifeline to the library is vital. It’s not only for the library materials; it’s the human interaction too.

“We may be the only people they see all day,” says Judie. “We are happy to spend as much time as our patrons need, just chatting. It’s all about making the connection.”

They don’t just drop off and pick up. These dedicated volunteers have made friends with their charges and make notes about what these patrons are interested in. This helps JCPL recommend the right materials for the next visit.

When asked why they volunteer, Judie and Bob shared that it’s an easy commitment. It’s something they can do together about once a month an only for an hour or so. When asked why they always volunteer as a team, they quickly responded, “Books are heavy!”

Bob and Judie will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary later this year. That’s a heck of a commitment and we congratulate them. Suffice it to say, these are the kind of people we’re proud to have on our volunteer staff.

If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, visit jeffcolibrary.org/volunteer


We are pleased to welcome The Starr Center as the Lakewood Library launches our rotating art exhibit. The artists, young adults with developmental disabilities, create amazingly beautiful works. The Starr Center is a place where young adults with developmental disabilities learn, achieve their goals, and gain independence. The Library's exhibit changes every three months. All are welcome to join us and check out our community spirit and talent proudly on display.

Opening Reception

10:30 a.m. Friday, June 10

The Starr Center Art Exhibit

June 10 - August 31


Let's get social – in realtime. Yard games are a popular summertime evening activity, so join us! Share some fresh air with other 20-30-somethings and play some good ol’ fashioned and new favorite lawn games. Think bean bag toss, ladder golf, kan jam, polish horseshoes, spikeball and other cool games of skill. We'll have them available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Arvada Library. Bring your friends or come make new ones and enjoy a summer evening of fun.

5:30 p.m. Friday, June 17

Suitable for: Adults in their 20s and 30s


UPDATED: Thursday, June 23 3:25 p.m.

The Golden Library will remain closed on Friday, June 24 as we continue critical plumbing repairs.  We anticipate reopening for modified services on Saturday, June 25. On Saturday, please use the alternate entrance so the new cement can cure. To pick up holds and access Library services, please enter through door in the Quiet Area east of the main entrance.

We are doing everything we can to minimize disruption and will extend due dates on materials during the construction period to avoid late fines and fees.

If you prefer to have your holds transferred to an alternate location, just call 303-235-5275.

Nearby libraries include:

We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to complete the repairs and return to normal services as quickly as possible.


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Walt Disney once said, “Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.” This mantra seems to have fared ol’ Disney well over the years, making his organization the largest entertainment company in the world. It’s also something we believe in at JCPL – doing what we do so well that you’ll want to tell your friends and bring them with you.

Whether it’s a program or class we provide, a service (like Book a Librarian), or simple the materials we carry (books, magazine, movies, music, e-books, etc.) we aim to make your experience in our libraries and our website the best it can be.


Do you like to tinker, invent and reimagine things? Drop in and use Golden Library's DIY space to get creative. All ages are welcome during our weekly open lab on Thursdays starting at 5:30 p.m.  Kids, if you're under 12, please bring your grownup to join and supervise you.

Suitable for: All Ages


Get your art on at our ongoing open workshop at the Conifer Library. Not a Rembrandt? Not to worry because we invite all skill levels to learn how to better use the visual vocabulary of shape, value, color, line, texture and edges. Led by Evergreen artist Chris McAllister, we'll explore these concepts in still life, landscape, portrait and figure paintings. Bring in a project you’re already working on or join in on a group project. You're welcome to work in oil or acrylic paints; simply bring your own painting supplies. Our ongoing classes are designed for continuous learning in an open, individualized environment. New students are welcome at any time. Come paint the town, well, whatever color you want.

6 p.m. Tuesdays

May 3

May 17

June 7

June 21

July 5

July 19

Aug. 2

Aug. 16

Sep. 16

Sep. 20

Oct. 4

Oct. 18

Suitable for: Adults


Actors say it’s never a good idea to work with children or animals. We couldn’t disagree more.

Meet Nelson the cocker spaniel. Nelson, who normally visits our Arvada Library as part of our PAWS for Reading program, is a lovely, curious pup with curly golden fur. He gently greets his reading friends and calmly listens to their stories. When he hears a particular passage that’s read with emphasis, Nelson perks up and shows marked interest. 

Nelson’s handler, Mary is enthusiastic and definitely part of the action. She sits on the floor with kids, listening and discussing the books. Mary has been sharing Nelson with young readers at JCPL for about 1 ½ years. She has been mother to Nelson and his brother, Willie (get it?) since they were only weeks old. 

Get to know Nelson:

• Birthday: April 6, 2012

• Lives in: Golden

• Favorite toy: Squeaky balls (he goes through lots of them)

• Favorite food: “Food” (Mary says he eats like a Labrador!)

• Favorite movie: “Lady and the Tramp”

• Pet peeve: Crows – They drive him crazy

In a recent PAWS for Reading session, Nelson enjoyed listening to young Kailey. An avid reader, Kailey is heading into 4th grade next fall. After reading a few books out loud, Kailey watched as Nelson showed off tricks, such as giving high fives, dancing and bowing. 

JCPL’s PAWS for Reading program is perfect for any young reader because reading out loud is great practice and our PAWS dogs are adorable and loving. Face it; it’s hard to argue with adorable and loving. 

If you know someone who’d like to read with Nelson or any of our other wonderful pups provided through our partnership with Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program, register for your 15-minute session by calling 303-235-5275 or asking our staff for details. It’s a doggone good thing.