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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!

by: 
Carol

Cupcake Wars
3 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 23
Golden Library

Suitable for: Grades 6-12

Choose your weapons and battle for honor and glory. It’s time for Cupcake Wars at the Golden Library. Come fully prepared to impress the judges. We’ll give you a set amount of time along with a challenging list of ingredients. Think you’ve got what it takes? On your mark, get set, DECORATE!

Space is limited, so register one week in advance. All supplies will be provided. And here’s the best news…You’ll be able to enjoy the spoils of war. SuhWEET.

by: 
Carol

Storytelling has been part of Jewish religion and custom from earliest times, and to this day remains a defining aspect of Jewish life. The best part is that you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy these stories. With humor, warmth and wisdom, Jewish stories entertain, teach and fascinate listeners of all ages and backgrounds.

Explore Jewish culture through a fun series of stories and activities presented by Judaism in the Foothills, B’nai Chaim, Jewish Colorado and PJ Library. We’ll even send you home with a free kid’s book.

2 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 17
Golden

2 p.m. Sunday, May 1
Columbine

2 p.m. Sunday, May 8
Wheat Ridge

2 p.m. Sunday, May 29
Conifer

2 p.m. Sunday, June 12
Belmar

2 p.m. Sunday, June 26
Evergreen

Suitable for: Ages 2-8

by: 
Mackenzie

Giraffes can't dance…GIRAFFES CAN’T DANCE!

OneBook 4 Colorado, the popular reading program that puts books in the hands of young children and encourages families to read together is back, with events and book giveaways scheduled April 11-25 throughout the state. This year’s book is Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and we’re giving it away to every 4-year-old (in English AND Spanish) that visits a Jeffco library between today and April 25!

Giles Andreae will be hosting a live Google Hangout on April 19 at 9:00 a.m. and you can join the chat with him on One Book 4 Colorado’s Google+ page. Ask the author questions and find out more about this year’s book!

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+

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