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by: 
Carol

Wahoo – It’s Spring Break Fun time! Put away those mittens (unless the weather is still pretending to be winter) and check out your local library for some fun. Take a look at all the amazing ways to you can spend a few hours! 

Columbine

Kids of all ages are invited to drop in at 1 p.m. each day. Here's what we have planned:

Monday, Mar. 21 - Stop by and make an amazing bookmark! 

Tuesday, Mar. 22 – Make a wonderfully colorful windsock. 

Wednesday, Mar. 23 - Be a real flower child making fork-painted spring tulips.

Thursday, Mar. 24 - Calling all LEGO® fans and Keva plank fans too! What story will your project tell? We provide the building materials.

Friday, Mar. 25 - Double Feature Friday: 1 p.m. - Goosebumps [PG], 3 p.m. - Monkey Kingdom [G]

Monday, Mar. 28 - Join us for a funny take on the fairy tale classic, Rumpelstiltskin, and then make your own puppet. Please bring a wooden spoon so you can make a special wooden puppet, or use one of ours. Show times are 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Lakewood

Build Your Own Super Hero Identity
3 p.m., Monday - Friday, Mar. 21 - 25
Join us for super hero activities Monday through Friday from 3-5 p.m. Drop-ins are welcome. Suitable for: All ages

Super Hero and Movie Time: The Incredibles [PG] 1h 55min
3 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 22
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. Suitable for: All ages

Movie and Super Hero Time: Guardians of the Galaxy [PG-13] 2h 1min
3 p.m., Friday, Mar. 25
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. Suitable for: Ages 10 and up

After Hours Super Hero Flip Book
5:30 p.m., Friday, Mar. 25
Teens, come enjoy some pizza with your comic loving friends, then make your own comic strip using the Flip book method with Post-it™ notes. We'll also play Super Hero Jeopardy game where you’ll test your knowledge of various comic super heroes from DC Comics™ to Marvel™.  The fun ends at 7:30 p.m. Suitable for: Teens

Arvada

Monday Movie -- Goosebumps [PG]
1 p.m., Monday, Mar. 21
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. Suitable for: Ages 6 and up

LEGO® Play and Build
1 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 22
Everyone loves to play with LEGO® Bricks! Build something based on the monthly theme or use your imagination in free play. LEGO® and LEGO DUPLO® provided.
Suitable for: All Ages

Movie Time: Hotel Transylvania 2 [PG]
1 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 24
Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel. Suitable for: All Ages

Cubelet and Keva Challenge!
1 p.m., Friday, March 25
All ages

Arvada After Dark -- Amazing Race Library Edition!
6 - 8 p.m., Friday, March 25
Teens 11 - 18   Registration required

Evergreen

LEGO® Play & Build
1:30 p.m., Monday, Mar. 21
Builders of all ages are welcome to stop by the library during spring break today, 1:30-4 p.m. There will not be a theme, just build your own creation. We provide the LEGO® bricks and LEGO DUPLO® for younger kids. No advance registration required today.
Suitable for: Kids and Teens

Golden

Big Hero 6 [PG]
1 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 22
Hiro's a genius, but what he really wants is to be like his inventor big brother, Tadashi - but one day, Tadashi vanishes while saving Hiro's life. The only thing left behind to console the grief-stricken Hiro is Tadashi's last invention, the health-care companion robot Baymax. But the friendship that grows between the gentle bot and the lonely boy is only the beginning of their adventure.

Inside Out [PG]
1 p.m., Wednesday, Mar. 23
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions; Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life.

Frozen [PG]
1 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 24
When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

Minions [PG]
1 p.m. Friday, Mar. 25
Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters--which they are continuously unsuccessful at keeping. One Minion named Kevin, however, has a plan, and he and two of his Minions cohorts venture out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.

Standley Lake

Anime Watch Party
2 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 20
We're watching popular anime in the Meeting Room. Join us! Suitable for: Teens

by: 
Cindy


Every once in a while a bright idea manages to make its way to the surface of our mind and ultimately, be implemented.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, is credited with saying "Being customer focused allows you to be more pioneering." This has never been truer than it is in the realm of community-based institutions like your local Jeffco library. 

That’s why we want to hear from you – our customers. Have a great idea for your library? Share it. Want to offer a suggestion for improvement? We want to hear it. Take our survey and tell us what you think. We want to continue delivering a trailblazing path for our future by being pioneering and your input will help us do that.

Take Our Survey

by: 
Carol


Prom Swap 2016
12 - 8 p.m.
Friday, April 1
Belmar Library

This is your formal invitation to bring in your no-longer-needed formalwear so it can become someone else's dream outfit. And then you can search for your own new ensemble to wear! For each dress, tuxedo/suit, pair of shoes or accessory you donate, you’ll receive tickets to trade for new-to-you items.

Don’t have anything to bring in? Don’t worry – you can "buy" tickets with canned goods. Five cans per dress or tuxedo/suit, two for shoes, one per accessory. Donations will benefit Florence Crittenton High School and the Jeffco Action Center.

Drop off: Belmar Library only: Mar. 26 - April 1

by: 
cindy

Good times are coming to all ten Jefferson County Public Libraries as we prepare to open our doors on April 4 for longer hours!

Our seven larger libraries are expanding open hours to 65 hours a week, while smaller libraries are expanding to 40-48 hours a week. That means more of you can come after work, on your way home, at night, in the morning, on the weekends...when it's most convenient for you. 

Last November, Jefferson County voters approved a mill levy increase for the Library – its first in 29 years. As a result, Library staff members are busy working to restore library services in Jefferson County. Upcoming improvements include expanding service hours, investing more in books and materials, updating technology and repairing facilities. Future plans include expanding and enhancing services as time and resources allow.

Mark your calendar for April 4 and plan to visit - when it works for your schedule!

Expanded Hours - Beginning April 4

Arvada

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Belmar

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Columbine

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Conifer

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
2:30-8
2:30-8
2:30-8
2:30-8
2:30-8
9-5
12-5

Edgewater

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
10-6
10-8
10-6
10-8
10-5
12-5
Closed

Evergreen

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Golden

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Lakewood

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Standley Lake

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-8
9-5
9-5
12-5

Wheat Ridge

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
10-8
10-6
10-8
10-6
Closed
10-5
12-5
by: 
carol

Here’s a project we think you’ll grow to love. Create your own tiny terrarium! They’re perfect for your desk, gift giving and celebrating the beginning of spring. We have the materials, so you just need to bring your imagination. This is a popular program, so please register ahead of time. All ages are welcome, but kids, please bring your grownup with you.

Find a Make Something: Tiny World Terrariums near you!

 

by: 
carol

Everyone’s happy to see Scarlet when she comes to the Standley Lake Library for her PAWS for Reading session. Scarlet, a rescued Siberian Husky named for her beautiful reddish coat, is one of the most mellow animals known to man. Chosen for her good nature, Scarlet is a wonderful representative of the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program.  

Scarlet gently greets children and lies down as they read to her. At the end of each reading session, she politely accepts her favorite treat – “Cheesies” (as Susan, her handler, calls them) and escorts the kids out of the room.

Get to know Scarlet:

• Birthday: Valentine’s Day! (She turned 9 on 2/14/16)

• Lives in: Arvada

• Favorite Toy: Anything that squeaks

• Favorite Snack: Cheesies – They look like Cheese-it crackers.

• Favorite Book: Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

• How long has she been a therapy dog? 2 ½ years

• Nickname: “Scardini” because when she was younger, she escaped from almost anywhere!

The PAWS for Reading program is one of the most popular programs at JCPL. Any kid who reads enjoys a furry friend listener. PAWS for Reading is particularly helpful for reluctant readers. (Reading out loud is also a great exercise for a budding reader!) Kids tend to be much more comfortable reading to dogs because there’s no stress and no judgment.

If you’d like a chance to read with Scarlet or one of her canine buddies, be sure to register for your 15-minute session. Call 303-235-5275 or ask our staff for details.

by: 
rebecca

In November 2015, Jefferson County residents passed a ballot initiative to increase the Library’s mill levy for the first time in 29 years. As a result, JCPL now has the revenue it needs to begin to restore library services, better meet the needs of Jefferson County residents, and put JCPL back on a path to excellence. Come hear our plans for the future!

Community Meetings have been scheduled for:

  • Saturday, March 12, 1-2 p.m.

          Evergreen Library

  • Saturday, March 19, 1-2 p.m.

          Arvada Library

  • Monday, March 21, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

          Columbine Library

  • Thursday, March 31, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

          Lakewood Library

Light refreshments will be served.

by: 
carol

Teen Tech Week, sponsored by the American Library Association, is when we get to showcase our great digital resources and services available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. This year, Teen Tech Week is March 6-12, 2016, with the theme "Create it at your library." How creative is that!

Nuture your inner geek and join us for our JCPL Teen Tech events and help get the word out about #TTW16.

Teen Tech Week: Hour of Code

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 8

Lakewood

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Certificates will be awarded at the end of the event.

Space is limited to 15 participants, so register now

 

Teen Tech Week: Web Know-How

5 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 9

Belmar

Belmar Library has been selected to hold a workshop sponsored by Best Buy’s Blue Shirt and Geek Squad agents. The Web Know-How workshop helps teens build digital literacy skills in an interactive and collaborative environment. You’ll learn web making by manipulating code through hands-on and guided online activities. This is an amazing opportunity for aspiring techies, ages 13-18. Registration for the Web Know-How class opens two weeks before the event. Space is limited to 25 participants, so save your spot!

 

Teen Tech Week: Hour of Code

6 p.m. Friday, Mar. 11

Standley Lake

Everyone can code--it's an essential skill all tweens and teens should have. In this program we'll explore programming by learning about how computers think and participating in coding activities. Space is limited, so register now

by: 
mackenzie

Did you know that your local library has Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablets available for FREE checkout?

That’s right! We recently purchased 182 new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4s, so you can try one out for two weeks absolutely free. The tablets aren’t preloaded with anything, and you’ll need to sign a contract saying that you’re responsible for it, but this is a great way to try before you buy! They’re also great if you need to take technology home with them for a short time, say to prepare for additional research or to check out an eBook.

See if your local library has a tablet available. You can also check a tablet out from the JCPL Bookmobile the next time it stops near you!

Need to learn how to use a tablet? Check out a Practice Session or attend one of these classes: 

Android Basics

5:30 p.m., March 8

Belmar

Tablet Computer Basics

2:00 p.m., March 18

Lakewood

Still need help figuring things out? Try an individual Book a Librarian session!

by: 
carol

Delightful things do come in small packages. Proof is on display at the Belmar library in the form of a marvelous miniature built in the Stick-Eastlake Victorian architectural style by award-winning dollhouse builder Mariana Wilkinson. The intricate details of this 1:12 scale home (that took about 10 years to complete!) are fashioned after a home built in the 1850's and remodeled to 1896. A great deal of research, time, and of course labor went into its creation, which contains many humorous vignettes.

Ms. Wilkinson creates stories around her projects, imagining the people who reside there. Here is an excerpt from the Stick-Eastlake story:

"The house was purchased by Henry – a young American attorney at the time – for his adored bride, Clarissa, who he had met in England while visiting acquaintances. He was a graduate of Harvard Law School, the first university to offer such accredited courses. Clarissa had spent her growing up years living between England and India, and her future tastes in interior décor reflect those influences. Over the happy years that followed in their new home, they greatly added to its design and expanded space to suit their growing needs. Judge Henry eventually retired from the bench, gout being the major deciding factor, and a Clarissa, much grayer now is known as “Granny.”  Their son, Henry Junior, has followed in the Judge’s footsteps, and is also a practicing attorney, married with a young growing family. They are all current residents of the Stick-Eastlake. Young Henry and his wife, Annabelle, have several young children, the youngest twins. Both the older and the younger couples enjoy entertaining a great deal, and have frequent guests; the older couple mostly in Granny’s Parlor, and the younger in preferred “modernized” rooms."

Come meet Henry, Clarissa and the rest of the family. You can view the exhibit in our Engage Patrons space through April.

Ends April 30th

Belmar

Suitable for: All Ages

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