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Author Visit: Mary Stobie


Author Mary Stobie will visit with Wheat Ridge Library’s Thursday Morning Book Group on Thursday, August 20, 9 a.m. She’ll be discussing her book, You Fall Off, You Get Back On. The event is open to all.

Stobie is a Rocky Mountain writer and terms her book a “patchwork memoir.” This fun-filled book is part Erma Bombeck and part Annie Oakley as Stobie recounts her experiences as a young rodeo champion and Hollywood ingénue.

As a starlet she had surprising encounters with Hollywood A-listers like Warren Beatty, George C. Scott, and Clint Eastwood before she returned to family life on the Colorado range and settled into the writing.

Join us for this entertaining discussion and you’ll discover that Mary Stobie is anything but “settled.”  Even in suburbia, life continues to be an adventure (or misadventure) for Stobie who finds every escapade a great excuse for a joke or life lesson.

You Fall Off, You Get Back On is a reading treat for anyone who appreciates the Rocky Mountains, enjoys an honest and loving life story well-told, and loves a good laugh.

9 a.m. Thursday, August 20
Wheat Ridge

Time's Up!


Time’s up! The clock has stopped on Summer Reading 2015. Over the past three months nearly 30,000 people have been reading and logging their time to help us reach our original goal of one million minutes. We met that goal quickly and then watched the minutes grow throughout the summer to over 18 million minutes.

We hope the program helped keep your (or your kids’ and grandkids’) brain engaged and reading. We hope you had a chance to attend a library event or find a new favorite author. Maybe you even won a prize!

But most of all, we wanted you to have fun reading. 

In the coming weeks we’ll be posting a Summer Reading evaluation.  Please spend a few minutes sharing your thoughts and opinions on the program and how we can improve upon it for 2016.

Don't forget to join us for the big "It's a Wrap!" Party on Sunday, August 23 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. It will be a fabulous way to celebrate your reading accomplishments and a wonderful summer.

If you’re interested in receiving information about Summer Reading 2016, sign up for a reminder and we’ll get you added to the list.

Thank you for participating!


Back to School


It is back to school to time for the Jefferson County students. Before long you'll find yourself knee-deep in questions and your kitchen table covered in homework projects.

I thought it might be helpful to share some of the resources we have to help your students succeed in school. Whether they are in elementary school or starting college, we have online homework help, access to free research sites and more. 

Check it out and happy studying!


Time is running out!


Yes, it’s hard to believe that Summer Reading is coming to an end this Friday.  We are so grateful to the 30,000 people who registered and logged their time to help us reach – and exceed – our goal!

When Summer Reading ends, logging minutes will shut down until next year, so be sure to log all of your minutes by Friday, August 14.

With fall coming, our focus is shifting from summer to back-to-school. We’ll be evaluating our program and getting ready for next year.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Log your minutes before midnight, Friday, August 14.
  2. Take a screen shot or print off your reading log. 
  3. Celebrate your accomplishment by downloading the Summer Reading Certificate and fill in your time to share with teachers, friends, and family. 

Thanks for being part of Summer Reading 2015.

It's a Wrap Party and You're Invited


Wrap up your summer reading accomplishments at our celebrity-style “It’s a Wrap!” party.

12–4 p.m. Sunday, August 23
Jefferson County Fairgrounds 
15200 W 6th Ave Frontage Rd., Golden 

This countywide event is the perfect way to wrap up your summer before school activities get too crazy! We’ll have fun activities for all ages, including:

  • Bouncy Castles
  • Top Hogs
  • Folkloric Dancers
  • Live Music
  • Big Trucks
  • Race Cars
  • Bookmobile
  • Mobile Computer Lab
  • Face Painter
  • Side Walk Chalk Art
  • Vendor Booths
  • Kids Crafts
  • Concessions
  • Giant Board Games
  • Book Swap
  • Community Art Project

...And more! Bring a gently used book or two and swap it for another! No need to RSVP, just bring yourself, your smiles, and help us celebrate an incredible summer of reading!

Author Visit: Lost Restaurants of Denver


Do you remember the chile rellenos at Casa Mayan or perhaps the cannolis from Carbones? Join authors Robert and Kristen Autobee for a discussion of Denver's culinary past and their book, Lost Restaurants of Denver. The book is full of success stories and recipies from waitresses, chefs, owners, and suppliers. 

Authors Robert and Kristin Autobee are taking us on a tour down memory lane. Join us and you’ll leave with great memories and a know-how on how to prepare old favorites like the hearty helpings from the Hungry Dutchman or the dainty morsels from the Denver Dry Goods Tearoom.   

Robert and Kristen Autobee
Thursday, August 13     6 p.m.


Great Decisions: In-depth conversations on complicated topics


Turn on the evening news and you’re sure to be overwhelmed with a barrage of complicated issues affecting our world. From digital privacy to ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, the controversies and challenges seem never ending. Have you ever wished you better understood what these issues really involve?

Join us for in-depth conversations about some of today's most complicated and important U.S. foreign policy topics. The eight-week program begins August 26 through October 28.
Columbine Library is hosting the next series which occurs Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and we provide the materials you need to participate.

  • August 26  Introductions and pick up materials (23 copies of materials are available)
  • September 9  Russia and the Near Abroad
  • September 16  Privacy in the Digital Age
  • September 23  Sectarianism in the Middle East
  • September 30  India Changes Course
  • October 7  The United States and Africa
  • October 14  Syria's Refugee Crisis
  • October 21  Human Trafficking
  • October 28  Brazil's Metamorphosis

Reservations are not required. In order to fully engage, we recommend participants read each article prior to the discussions. Articles and materials will be covered at the August 26 meeting.

Congrats to Our Week 8 Prize Winners



Last Friday, we selected 58 people from the folks who logged their minutes last week to receive some awesome prizes, including a Karate Birthday Party, a gift certificate to Denver Zipline Tours and 28 Me & Earl & Dying Girl lunch bags. And I can promise you that this week's prizes are going to be just as cool! Don’t forget to check your email to see if you’ve won! 

If you or your kiddo are picking up a prize from your local library this week, we would LOVE it if you’d share a photo of you at your library with your prize with us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook

Here are just some of the adorable photos we’ve seen so far: 

Don’t forget to keep logging your minutes! We’ve still got tons of prizes to give away next week! 

PS: Mark your calendars for our It’s a Wrap Party on August 23rd at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. We’re going to have bouncy castles, live music, big trucks, race cares, giant boards games AND we’re holding a grand prize drawing to win a Leapfrog tablet (for one lucky pre-reader) or a Kindle Fire HD (for one lucky child, teen and adult). 

Finding Time to Read


What’s the last thing you read for fun? A book? A magazine by the pool? Facebook? Make reading a habit by doing it every day!

Yes, it can be difficult to find the time, but it’s also doable with a little extra effort. As a busy parent, I need to get creative with my reading time since I’m usually too tired at the end of the day to sneak it in. One way I sneak in reading is by keeping a book or magazine in the car or on my phone. Did you know you can download magazines and books from our website using your library card? Try it and you’ll always have something available for those times when you find yourself sitting at soccer practice, in between events at a swim or track meet, or waiting for your child in the car. Another idea?  I prop a book on the bathroom sink when I’m drying my hair and easily get in about 10-15 minutes of reading. You can also sneak reading time in by downloading an audiobook and listening to it while you drive or workout.

How do you sneak reading into your daily life? We want to share those ideas with others and keep people reading so we're having a little contest. All you have to do is:

  1. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  2. Share your secret to sneaking reading for fun into your day with us on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #reason2read.
  3. Check out what other people are posting to learn more secrets to finding time to read.
  4. Wait until August 22nd to see if you’ve won!

We’re giving our winner an awesome Summer Reading prize package consisting of Five Free Entrees to a local restaurant, a coupon for the Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale and some awesome library swag!

Tell us your ideas this week on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #reason2read so others can benefit from your creativity.

#Reason2Read Every Day


There are lots of reasons to make reading part of your life.  Studies have shown that reading can help or maybe event prevent the progress of Alzheimer’s and Dementia since it keeps your brain engaged. Reading can help reduce stress and improve your memory. It can improve focus, concentration and thinking skills. And, it’s free entertainment.

Visit us in person or online and check out all we have to offer – for free! We have nearly every subject you can imagine and we’re constantly getting new books.  You can see what’s on order, download magazines, eBooks, and audiobooks. Or check out movies, books, and audiobooks the traditional way by visiting us in person. We can’t wait to show you our stuff!

Why do you read?  Tell us on your reason on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #reason2read.