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by: 
mackenzie

Summer MarathonYou did it, Jeffco! Together, you met our community-wide goal and read a marathon 26.2 million minutes! In fact, since Summer Reading 2016 launched on June 1, you’ve read a total of 27,552,278 minutes! Way to Go Read. Go!

We hope you and your family used the library to exercise your brains and your bodies this summer by attending a phenomenal Summer Reading event at your library. We hope you found a new favorite book or author, discovered something new and exciting, and most of all, we hope you had a blast! We sure did.

We also hope you’ll take our survey and let us know what you thought of this year’s Summer Reading program. By sharing your thoughts and opinions, we can work to make next year’s Summer Reading even better.

If you’re interested in receiving updates and reminders for Summer Reading 2017, sign up below and we’ll add you to the list.

Thank you for spending your summer reading with us!   

Summer Reading 2017

 

by: 
cindy

Always wanted to check out Colorado’s 42 state parks? Now you can. We're excited to now offer Colorado State Parks passes through our Culture Pass and Lucky Day program. You can read the nitty gritty details on how the passes work and how you can get your hands on them, but here’s what you need to know:

  • Valid for all 42 Colorado state parks (Does not include national parks or national monuments)
  • Allows free entry for one carload
  • Does not include camping or fishing fees

Inside the backpack, you’ll find the entry pass; binoculars; Colorado wildlife, trees and wildflowers laminated guides; Guide to Your 42 State Parks; Leave No TraceTM card; activity ideas list; and an evaluation form.

JCPL, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Department of Education and the State Library are pleased to partner in bringing the Check Out Colorado State Parks program to 286 libraries throughout Colorado. 

In case you’re wondering what’s behind this program, it not only provides tremendous learning experiences and encourages healthy activities, it gives everyone the opportunity to experience Colorado’s amazing state parks and all they have to offer. 

We expect these passes to be popular, but don’t despair. We’ve set it up so some are reserveable online and they’re also available as Lucky Day items on a first-come, first-available basis.

We'd love to see your photos in the parks - share it on Instagram @jeffcolibrary #CheckoutColorado. 

by: 
Cindy

Where can you learn professional business, software, technology and creative skills without going to school? If you answered Jefferson County Public Library, you’d be right.

We are proud to welcome Lynda.com to JCPL’s ever-growing lineup of online resources. Beginning July 5, JCPL offers access to Lynda.com, a robust online learning service, to any resident with a Library card. Lynda.com hosts an extensive library of engaging, top-quality online courses taught by recognized industry experts, including more than more than 4,200 courses and over 130,000 videos that support personal and professional development. Topics include leadership and business skills, computer software programs, website development, 3D and animation, video editing, music theory, design, photography and more.

You can access any of the Lynda.com tutorials online, from within the library or from any home, work, or school computer. To use the new service, just log in through jeffcolibrary.org, create a Lynda.com account (which only requires a name and email address) and then access tutorials, watch videos, create playlists, download course files and bookmark pages. The service keeps track of your individual learning paths and is available on mobile devices through web browsers so you can take the classes on the road with you.

by: 
carol

Think 8,000 feet above sea level is too high to homestead? Think again! Get tips on high altitude homesteading from a master at Conifer Library. Learn the basics of chickens, goats, bees, food preservation and more from Shantel Scardina of Barefoot Homestead in a series of classes designed for continuous learning. Whether you're interested in starting a full high altitude homestead or just thinking of getting a few chickens for your yard, we're here to help. New students are welcome at any time. 

6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18: Food Preservation

What do you do with all of the food you grew this summer? There are many ways to store and preserve food. We will go over the different options such as water bath canning, pressure canning, and dehydration.

6 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 15: Chicken Keeping

We will take a look at the basics of chicken keeping. We will cover anatomy of both hens and roosters. Basic chick keeping all the way through older hen keeping will be covered. This class is great for the beginning chicken keeper or someone considering chicken keeping as a hobby.

6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20: High Altitude Bee Keeping

Bees are one of the most challenging critters to keep. This class will cover the basics of bee keeping and the challenges faced at our mountain altitude.

6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17: Goats 101

In Goats 101 we will go over the beginner’s information for goat keeping. Discussed will be different species of goats, milk goats, and meat goats. Common illnesses and basic goat husbandry will be covered as well.

6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15: Being Resourceful and Regenerative

Closing this series we will focus on being resourceful and regenerative. Resources are everywhere, all around you and being regenerative is important on a homestead big or small. We will discuss both of these topics, what they mean, and how to use both to create sustainability on our own homestead.

by: 
carol

Dark Waters by Chris Goff Join us when Colorado Author Chris Goff discusses and signs her highly regarded new book, Dark Waters: A Thriller. Since its debut in 2015, Dark Waters has thrilled critics as a rollercoaster read about international espionage.

About the book

Raisa “Rae” Jordan, an agent for the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, isn't in Israel for more than a day before her predecessor is assassinated in a Tel Aviv square. Assigned to investigate the assassination of one of her own, she must also protect Judge Ben Taylor and his teenage daughter. They may be the next targets and are most certainly being threatened by a desperate cadre of terrorists with their sights set on the Secretary of State's upcoming visit. But is an attack on the Secretary of State all that they have planned or is that just the beginning?

About Christine Goff

A former journalist, Goff began her career writing non-fiction for several local newspapers in Summit County, Colorado, as well as articles for regional and national publication. She later edited rock and ice-climbing guides for Chockstone Press, worked in graphic production for “Living the Good News,” a division of The Morehouse Publishing Group, and taught writing workshops for the Colorado Free University, the University of Colorado (multiple campuses), and at writer's conferences internationally. A long-standing member of multiple writing organizations, she has served on several local, regional and national boards, including Mystery Writers of America.

Don’t miss your chance to hear and meet Christine Goff.

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2

Arvada

Suitable for: Adults

by: 
cindy

Grissom Author TalkAuthor Kathleen Grissom will be visiting the Wheat Ridge Library by phone at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 4. Please arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. We’ll enjoy a continental breakfast and coffee before Kathleen calls us to discuss her book by phone.

Kathleen Grissom joins Wheat Ridge Library’s Thursday morning book group to discuss her new book, Glory Over Everything. The author of the New York Times bestseller and beloved book club favorite The Kitchen House continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master of Tall Oakes, whose deadly secret compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad.

The Kitchen House was published in 2010 and became a grassroots bestseller. Grissom’s fans connected so deeply to the book’s characters that she found herself being asked over and over “what happens next?”

Glory Over Everything opens in 1830, and Jamie, who fled from the Virginian plantation he once called home, is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith. After many years of striving, Jamie has achieved acclaim and security, only to discover that his aristocratic lover Caroline is pregnant. Before he can reveal his real identity to her, he learns that his beloved servant Pan has been captured and sold into slavery in the South. Pan’s father, to whom Jamie owes a great debt, pleads for Jamie’s help, and Jamie agrees, knowing the journey will take him perilously close to Tall Oakes and the ruthless slave hunter who is still searching for him. Meanwhile, Caroline’s father learns and exposes Jamie’s secret, and Jamie loses his home, his business, and finally Caroline.

Heartbroken and with nothing to lose, Jamie embarks on a trip to a North Carolina plantation where Pan is being held with a former Tall Oakes slave named Sukey, who is intent on getting Pan to the Underground Railroad. Soon the three of them are running through the Great Dismal Swamp, the notoriously deadly hiding place for escaped slaves. Though they have help from those in the Underground Railroad, not all of them will make it.

Read more about Kathleen.                                     

Praise for Glory Over Everything: “ Five years after her novel The Kitchen House turned a stunning light on the lives at a Virginia plantation before the Civil War, Kathleen Grissom again takes up the generations of a family as they fight their way not only to a life of freedom, but to a life that matters. Everyone moving through these pages, especially James Pyke, established in this story as a durable character of American fiction, is tangled in a great web of secrets too important to keep and too dangerous to tell. Grissom has done the near-impossible: she has kept the tension alive, tension that doesn’t let up until the final page.” (Jacqueline Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Two if by Sea)

by: 
carol

PAWS-mollyFinding respite from summer heat is always welcome, and so are a few minutes with Molly the black lab at Columbine Library.

Molly is a wonderful partner in our PAWS for Reading program. She’s such a mellow dog that her nickname should really be “ZenPup.” 

Sisters Victoria (age 9) and Fernanda (age 6) know how much fun it is to read to Molly. What they may not realize is that by reading aloud, they’re also improving their reading and retention skills—and that will continue to benefit them throughout their lives.  

Molly’s handler, Sue is a real estate agent-slash-dog lover. She’s fostered over 50 dogs so far, including Molly. She and her husband took one look at Molly, who was rescued from death row through the Safe Harbor Lab Rescue, and knew they were going to adopt her to join their other dog, a yellow lab named Dixie.

“Molly’s had quite a bit of training,” says Sue proudly. She was valedictorian of her basic obedience class and went on to earn the K9 good citizen award during therapy lessons. This is a total win for JCPL and the kids who have the chance to read with Molly.

Get to know Molly:

• Birthday: June 17, 2013

• Lives in: Littleton

• Favorite toy: Not much of a toy lover, but Molly and her sister Dixie play keep-away with a tennis ball

• Favorite food: Anything and everything. She’s a Labrador!

• Favorite books: The “Biscuit” collection and “Amelia Bedelia” stories

• Pet peeve: Bunnies and squirrels (often in the ‘favorite food’ list)

If you know someone who’d like to read with Molly or any of our other wonderful pups provided through our partnership with Animals 4 Therapy, register for your 15-minute session by calling 303-235-5275 or asking our staff for details. It’s a tail worthy of a tale.

by: 
carol

Wheat Ridge Library's Thursday morning book group takes it up a notch with a visit from Author and Editor Ann Marie. She'll be discussing her book, Letters to Ann: The Korean War 1950-51. "Letters to Ann" is a series of heartwarming and humorous letters written to a four year-old girl from her dad while he served as a medical officer in the Korean War. The ultimate question in this true story is whether the solider makes it back home.

Ann Marie began her career in journalism as a television news reporter and morning anchor in Albuquerque, N.M. She then attended law school and practiced as a trial litigation attorney in Denver. After semi-retiring, she turned to editing and published this first book, which was a double-winner at the juried 2014 Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. It received third place for editing and first place for military/military history.

Suitable for: Adults

9 a.m. Thursday, July 21

by: 
carol

We are pleased to welcome The Starr Center as the Lakewood Library launches our rotating art exhibit. The artists, young adults with developmental disabilities, create amazingly beautiful works. The Starr Center is a place where young adults with developmental disabilities learn, achieve their goals, and gain independence. The Library's exhibit changes every three months. All are welcome to join us and check out our community spirit and talent proudly on display.

 

The Starr Center Art Exhibit

June 10 - August 31

 

by: 
cindy

Way to go, Jeffco! We have officially met the halfway point of our Summer Reading marathon goal of 26.2 million minutes. While we know this is a lofty and ambitious goal, we believe you can make it happen. We are already ahead of where we were last year, both in registered readers and minutes. 

Keep reading! Keep signing up your friends and family! Keep logging your minutes! We still have plenty of water bottles (and sippy cups for the under 3 crowd!).  There’s also a free Chipotle kid’s meal or burrito for teens (BOGO for adults), and a free ice McDonald’s ice cream cone when you hit the hallway point. 

And when you reach your end goal, you’ll have earned your free book!

Remember – everything you read counts!  Books, audiobooks, ebooks, menus, magazines, business reports – even cereal boxes! You read more than you probably think each day so make the minutes count!

So let’s do it. Let’s keep going! Let’s zoom pass last year’s 18 million minutes and finish this marathon!

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