Library News

Make a connection


The Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) is now in its annual Year End Appeal campaign to raise funds and solicit membership. The campaign theme is Make a connection. Visit. Volunteer. Give. and was inspired by this Robert Putnam quote.

"People may go to the library looking mainly for information, but they find each other there – and touts the many ways people connect with the library."

The campaign’s goal is to promote library services and materials, while soliciting volunteers and donations.

Most of you are familiar with public libraries and the materials you find within. But what many people may not realize is the profound impact libraries and their resources have on individuals, relationships, and our community.  Every day throughout the ten Jefferson County Public Libraries (JCPL) connections are made through the library experience. And those connections are made possible by the generous donations of time and money which support our public libraries.

Here are some ways you can support Jefferson County Public Library.

If you haven't been in one of our libraries lately, take some time over the holidays to drop in.  There's so much happening for people of all ages and lots of ways we can help you chill out and relax, or keep the family busy.  Check out or download a book. How about a movie? Drop by one of our LEGO Play & Builds and do some building. Try your hand a 3-D printer in Golden. Whatever your fancy, we probably have it!

While you're there, tell how you made a connection with your library. You can share your thoughts on the interactive display boards in our libraries, or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Use the prompt, "Today at the library I..."

Consider giving of your time. There are lots of ways to give back by volunteering. We are currently in need of volunteers for our Library 2 You program and the Foundation is always seeking volunteer support.

Consider giving on Giving Tuesday, December 8. Choose the Jefferson County Library Foundation - it's easy and a great way to show your support of libraries.

Thank you for support JCPL!



Teen Movie Club


Our Teen Movie Club is a twist on the traditional book club. And there's pizza involved. Here's how it works: Read the book of the month and then meet at the library to watch the movie based on that book! We'll discuss whether the movie was even better than the book, if it was an awful, no-good, horrible travesty, or if it was just an okay movie that accurately represented the source material. A whole new book every month? Seriously? Don't have time for that? That’s okay, we get it. Come and watch the movie with the group, eat a slice of pizza, and add your thoughts.

5 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 25 - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins




Why Maps Matter


Have you ever used your smartphone to locate the nearest coffee shop? Do you wear a fitness tracker? Have you used Google Earth?

All of these useful and fun tools are examples of geotechnologies. Today’s maps can actually help to make the world safer, healthier, and smarter.

Join geographer and educator Joseph Kerski for a journey through some of the major issues of our 21st century world to discover how maps are changing the ways we understand our planet. Map everything from real-time airplane locations to your last hike, explore some of the major challenges facing our 21st-century world, and discover why maps still matter.

6 p.m. Tuesday, December 1



Head to Miami this weekend for the world’s largest book fair – Live Online


Here’s something new to try on our website! It’s the Miami Book Fair. Join thousands of readers and writers who flock by the thousands to the biggest literary party.

Starting today, Friday, November 20 at 1 p.m. and running through Sunday, Book View Now & PBS are on the ground in Miami providing LIVE interviews with some of the country’s most prestigious authors and giving viewers an inside look at the fair. Coverage will be led by Jeffrey Brown Senior Correspondent and Chief Arts Correspondent for PBS NewsHour and Book View Now host Rich Fahle.


You can also watch it at here - - plus select PBS station websites, and the In addition, select segments will be archived and available for on-demand viewing on, PBS station websites and all PBS video apps, including iPhone, iPad, Xbox, Roku and Apple TV, and YouTube. 

Is your favorite author one of the featured? Check out the schedule.

Featured authors include:

  • Three of the five finalists for National Book Award Young People’s Literature (announced Nov. 18) - Neal Shusterman, Ali Benjamin, Steve Sheinkin
  • Dav Pilkey, mega bestseller for Captain Underpants
  • Congressman John Lewis (Civil Rights pioneer and co-author of graphic novels March Book One and Book Two
  • Dave Barry
  • Melissa de la Cruz (bestselling YA author)
  • Sandra Cisneros
  • Mitch Albom
  • Paula McClain (book club favorites The Paris Wife, Circling the Sun)
  • Sara Gruen (book club favorites Water for Elephants, At the Water’s Edge)
  • Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize Winning biographer (most recent is buzzed The Witches: Salem 1692)
  • Ted Koppel
  • Actor / author / playwright  / novelist / historian Eric Bogosian
  • Actors Paul Giamatti and David David Strathairn
  • National Book Award Finalist Angela Flournoy (for the Detroit-based novel, The Turner House)
  • Actors Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) and Jesse Eisenberg
  • P.J. O’Rourke
  • National Book Award Finalist Lauren Groff
  • National Book Award Finalist Adam Johnson
  • National Book Award Finalist Sally Mann
  • several other National Book Award finalists in fiction, nonfiction and poetry
  • Rabbi Harold Kushner
  • Actor and graphic novel memoirist John Leguizamo
  • Actress Rosie Perez

You don’t have to travel or go anywhere. We invite you to enjoy books and authors in the comfort of your own home. Happy viewing!

Thanksgiving Fun


Give thanks for things to do at your library

Here comes Thanksgiving week, everybody! The kids are out of school and we’re all excited for the feast. If you’re searching for fun activities to keep the family entertained, look no further than the following Jeffco Library locations. 


Thanksgiving Week Fun - Paint it! Kids age 5 and up can stop by and get creative with this exciting hands-on paint project!

  • 1 - 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23

Family Movie Night-Pocahontas (G) 85 minutes. Join us for a special Thanksgiving week family movie night! Rediscover the Disney movie Pocahontas (1995), which was awarded two Oscars, for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score and Best Original Song for "Colors of the Wind."

  • 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24

Thanksgiving Week Fun - Craft it! Kids age 5 and up can stop by to get crafty and make something unique!

  • 1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.25

Teen Time: Book Pumpkins. It may be a few days after Thanksgiving, but hey, why not get a start on next year's decorations?! It's never too late to make a book pumpkin. Although if you wanna be "seasonal" with it, I suppose you could make a book snowman...

  • 4 - 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30



Star Wars Fun Parties. There will be activities, crafts, treats and adventures. Come in costume on if you'd like to add to the fun!

  • 3 - 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23
  • 3 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24
  • 3 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25



Turkey Tuesday. Gobble! Gobble! We'll have turkey-themed storytimes, build-a-turkey- LEGO time, and a movie - An American Tail (Rated G). Drop in for some fun.

  • 12:30 p.m. -- All Ages, Turkey Storytime and Craft
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. -- LEGO Turkey Time
  • 3 p.m. - Movie: An American Tail
  • 7 p.m. - Family Night Turkey Storytime and Craft


Standley Lake

Matinee Madness – “Terminator: Genisys”: Prepare your best Arnold Schwarzenegger imitation and watch as John Connor is bound to safeguard the future, sending Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor. It wouldn't be a blockbuster without an unexpected turn of events, though, so come see what happens. We’ll have popcorn and lemonade. Bring a pillow if you’re a floor-sitter. PG-13. Run time is 119 min.

  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21


Know when to fold 'em with LOL (Lakewood Origami Lovers). Fold some spectacular shapes. It's easier than it looks! Drop-ins welcome & paper provided. Newbies to origami are welcome as we will have a guided project. More advanced crafters are also welcome to come and work on their own projects, collaborate or teach others. Ages 12+ Children under 8 may attend with an adult.

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21


4 Books for Hunger Games Fans


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 comes to theaters on November 20, and with it the sinking realization that Hunger Games fans will have nothing else to do but reread the series (possibly for the tenth time). Supplement your reread with a couple of these books so that you can feel closer to your favorite character as you attempt to learn more about their hobbies.

I don’t know about you, but increasing my (nonexistent) abilities to protect myself became a big priority after I finished the Hunger Games trilogy and realized that seventeen year old Katniss Everdeen was significantly better equiped to deal with the apocalypse that I could ever hope to be. Increase your chances of protecting yourself in a post-apocalyptic dystopia by reading Brian J. Sorrells’ Beginner’s Guide to Traditional Archery

Unlike my relationship with Katniss and her hobbies, I totally relate to how Peeta Mellark was able to work through some of his issues by baking. There really is nothing like baking a delicious cake from scratch to help release your stress after a long day at work. Or, in Peeta's case, after long months of torture and mental abuse. If you want to discover just how therapeutic baking can be, get a primer from The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbuam. 

I was considered a fidgeter in school and while I in no way think that my high school drama ever compares with everything that Finnick Odair goes through in Mockingjay, I do think that I would have benefited from stealing his knot tying trick. If you need something to do with your hands, or if you’re just interested in knots, learn how to tie them with Why Knot? How To Tie More Than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving and Secure Knots by Phillipe Petit.

If Katniss hadn’t already made me rethink my post-apocalypse survival strategy, her little sister Prim’s preteen apprenticeship as a medic definitely would have. I am pretty that I do not have what it takes to heal people. If you’re like me, be grateful that we have access to The Medical Gardening Handbook by Dede Cummings. If we read it now, there’s a higher chance we won’t be completely incompetent if the need to use herbs we collected in the woods to save a life ever arises. 

Never seen the Hunger Games movies? Want to reread the series or check out the movie companion before Mockingjay P2 comes out? Have a hankering to listen to the other movies' soundtracks? We have all that an more in our catalog!

PS: Teen can join us at Columbine Library for our Teen Movie Club on November 25th to discuss the first book and then watch the movie!  

High Altitude Baking


Being a mile above sea level, Colorado bakers face interesting challenges. Fortunately for us, Randi Levin, a.k.a. The Muffin Lady is here to help. Randi learned to bake from her beloved grandmother in Pennsylvania. When she moved to Colorado for college, she noticed that the family recipes just didn’t come out the way they used to. Enter a science professor who enlightened her. “That was the day I learned that in higher elevations, the air pressure is much lower, the air is much drier, and that in baked goods, the hot air balloon effect takes over.”

Just in time for your holiday bake fest, come meet Randi Levin and pick up some tips and recipes. Remember, the right attitude makes baking fun. The right altitude [adjustments] make baking successful. And, as always, the main ingredient is love.

2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14


Thanks, Jeffco!


It's a new day for Jefferson County Public Library!

Based on unofficial election results, Jefferson County voters have approved a mill-levy increase for the Library. (There are still votes to be counted, and they won't certify the election for another couple of weeks, but campaign pundits are telling us to expect a win!)

The one-mill increase will enable the library to restore library services to pre-recession levels. Here's what you can expect in 2016:

  • We hope to restore library hours in April. It will take us some time to hire and train employees, but our goal is to launch expanded hours on April 3.
  • We'll spend approximately $2 million more on books and materials.
  • We'll begin to update public access computers and our technology infrastructure.
  • Other initiatives, such as refurbishing library buildings and enhancing services in underserved areas will take a little longer.

We couldn't have accomplished this without the support and dedication of an army of library advocates: the Library Board of Trustees, the Jefferson County Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, community leaders, volunteers, employees, patrons and residents. We are enormously grateful for their passion, interest, civic-mindedness, friendship and support!

We are excited to be moving forward into this new day, one in which we'll be able to fulfill our community's shared vision of library services - and become the library we know we can be.

We'll be posting updates on the restoration of services on our Director's Blog. You can sign up to receive updates here

Make Something: Dream Catchers


Stop daydreaming and join us to create a beautiful dream catcher. A fascinating Native American tradition, dream catchers are intended to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. The dream catcher, when hung over or near your bed swinging freely in the air, catches the dreams as they flow by. Positive dreams enter through the center of the ring and slide down the feathers to the sleeping person while negative dreams get caught in the web.

Now that the days are shorter and the nights longer, it’s a great time to make something that may enhance your sleep!

2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14

Grades 6-12

Standley Lake


Jeffco Library Foundation Launches New Website


Our Foundation's new look is in sight! Jefferson County Library Foundation just flipped the switch on their newly-designed and responsive website. "Responsive" means that the site is easily accessible on any device, including a computer monitor, a tablet and a cellphone. In other words, when you need to know, it's info on the go.

The Jeffco Library and Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) have a symbiotic relationship. The Foundation supports programs to "enrich the capabilities, resources and services of the Jefferson County Public Library through fundraising and advocacy efforts that benefit our diverse community."

Being a Friend has its benefits.
One important thing you'll learn about on the Foundation's new website is "Friends of Jefferson County Public Library," which is a county-wide group dedicated to enhancing the resources of Jefferson County Public Library. Members are people who cherish our Library and believe that JCPL is a valuable, essential and fundamental part of the community. Friends lend their voices, time and resources to ensure quality library services in Jefferson County.

As for benefits, as a Friend of JCPL, you get:

  • The Friends’ Footnotes quarterly newsletter
  • 10% discount at the Friends’ Gift and Book Shop
  • Admission to Friends’ Preview Night at the Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale
  • Free entrance to the Annual Meeting featuring a Pulitzer Prize winner headliner (Next up: January 29, 2016 and features Elizabeth Fenn)
  • Satisfaction of knowing you are supporting the mission of Jefferson County Public Library!

Fire up a new browser and check out the new ‘n’ improved