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by: 
cindy

We have history in the making as we add two amazing destinations to our library of culture passes. Now you can check out passes to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Molly Brown House in Denver.

A Culture Pass allows admission to some of the area’s top places so you can explore, learn and have fun. The addition of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Molly Brown House are popular options for every family.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science visitors explore world-class wildlife displays that take you to Earth’s wildest places, huge dinosaurs that transport you back in time, interactive space exhibits that make your mind wonder, and personalized health science fun that puts your body to the test. Each pass provides admittance to seven people over the age of three (kids under three are always free). With this pass, you also get discounts to IMAX, special ticketed events, the café and the gift shop.

Margaret “Molly” Brown had a “titanic” personality. Not only did she survive the sinking of the Titanic (earning her the nickname of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” she used her notoriety to promote issues such as the rights of workers and women, education and literacy for children, historic preservation, and more. And she lived in Denver! Historic Denver’s Molly Brown House Museum tells the story of Molly’s activism, philanthropy and passion through educational programs, exhibits and stewardship. It’s among the most visited historic sites in the state of Colorado, and one of only a handful of sites nationally dedicated to the interpretation of a woman’s story. The pass allows four visitors to enter at no cost for a house tour.

These are opportunities you won’t want to pass up. Learn more about JCPL’s Culture Pass program and check out some of Colorado’s amazing cultural hot spots.

by: 
carol

Now we're cookin'! Do you love browsing through cookbooks? Do you adore trying new recipes or cooking techniques? Do you enjoy sampling and sharing new dishes? Well, hang onto your spatula; we have just the group for you.

Here's how it works: We'll have a theme every month. Any group members can bring a prepared dish from either one of the cookbooks chosen or their own! (Of course, it's not mandatory to bring food; you're welcome to come for ideas and an exchange of food prep information.) It doesn't matter if you're new to the kitchen or if you can make a soufflé with your eyes closed. Either way, everyone eats and has fun.

1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22 *Please bring cookies to share.

Standley Lake

1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19

Arvada

1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24

Standley Lake

1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21

Arvada

1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept 25

Standley Lake

1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16

Arvada

Suitable for: Adults

by: 
carol

Spend a few Tuesday nights learning to play Bridge. Or, continue to learn how to play among friends. Our 9-week free course is a continuation of the class from last year and is for beginner/intermediate Bridge players who have some experience and want to improve. The class is based on the book "ACBL Play of the Hand in the 21st Century."  We’ll review bidding and concentrate on the play of the hand (making a plan, promoting winners, finessing, trumping losers, etc.). Ralph Haines, life master and certified bridge instructor, will be dealing the lessons. Our class size is limited, so register in advance!

5:30 p.m. Tuesdays

May 24 – July12

Evergreen

Suitable for: Adults

by: 
cindy

It’s finally stopped snowing…and raining…and the sun is shining. That means school is in the final stretch and summer is just around the corner. Soon we’ll be donning our flip flops, playing outside, riding bikes and READING!

Help us read a marathon 26.2 million minutes with this year's Summer Reading program. We all need to read to keep our minds active over the summer, but especially our kids who stand to lose up to two months of learning progress if they don’t read over the summer. This is called the summer slide.

Our Summer Reading program helps prevent the summer slide with events, reading recommendations andmotivational prizes. So lace up your reading shoes and let’s read a marathon! 

The program starts on June 1, so mark your calendars now and get ready to 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

by: 
Carol

Here, kitty kitty! Celebrate National Pet Month with us at the Arvada Library! Come make an adorable catnip-filled crochet yarn ball for your favorite feline. All yarn and crochet hooks supplied.  What’s cuter than watching a cat go crazy with a catnip toy? (Think of the video possibilities!)

Then on May 7, join the Foothills Animal Shelter at the library from noon to 3 p.m. They’ll bring animals available for adoption. Just think, you could have a new furry friend to curl up with you when you read!

Craft Days:
1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4

Adoption Event:
12 p.m. Saturday, May 7

Arvada Library

Suitable for: Adults

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: 
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: 
Mackenzie

Last week, Denver Zookeeper and giraffe handler Liz was a special guest at the Columbine Library’s story times! When she wasn’t reading this year’s OneBook 4 Colorado selection, Giraffes Can’t Dance, we took a few minutes to ask her about the Denver Zoo’s giraffes and what she thought they might enjoy reading. Based on our chat, our librarians put together a list of books perfect for the Denver Zoo’s giraffe population!

Dikembe and Animal Strike at the Zoo, It’s True! By Karma Wilson
While Dikembe is described as calm and laidback, we think he’d enjoy this tale about a zookeeper trying to manage day-to-day activities at the zoo when the animals decide not to roar, prowl and growl!

Masika and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Masika is the Denver Zoo’s most shy and introverted giraffe, which is why our librarians thought that she could use the self-esteem boost that comes with reading Susan Cain’s book about how important introverts are to the world!

Heshimu and Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Friendly and playful Heshimu is bound to get a kick out of reading Interrupting Chicken! It’s been listed on places like Brightly.com and Buzzfeed as one of the funniest children’s books ever written!

Kipele and The Decent Proposal by Kemper Donovan
As the sweetest giraffe at the Denver Zoo, we think that Kipele would love this adorable romance about two strangers who go on one year of dates, one date a week, for half a million dollars each if they can stand each other for the whole time. 

Want more books that share the great themes in Giraffes Can’t Dance? Check out these books recommended by our Kids and Families librarians! 

Board Books
Roar, Roar baby!
Dear Zoo
Peek-a-Zoo
I Got the Rhythm!
Goodnight Gorilla / Buenas Noches Gorila 

Picture Books
Elephants Cannot Dance
Bear Can Dance
The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants
A Tu Ritmo
Percy se enoja 

Special thanks to the Denver Zoo for being so incredible and helping us find the perfect story time guest to kick off One Book 4 Colorado! Photo credit goes to them as well!

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