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March Madness Book Sale - March 6 - 8


Here’s your chance to come on out and get some books!  All fiction hardbacks are just $1.  Sunday is Bag Day and for just $6 you can fill a grocery-sized bag with as many books as you can fit inside.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7
12 – 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8

Arvada Library

For more information call 303.403.5075.


Arvada Historian Discusses Book - Legendary Locals of Arvada


The Arvada Library is proud to host third-generation Arvadan and local historian, Tanya Long, for a discussion and signing of her new book, Legendary Locals of Arvada.

Unique characters have always made up the landscape of Arvada. Pioneers, ranchers and farmers, business leaders, community-minded individuals, doctors, sports figures, and even a Broadway star have all called home the city on a bluff overlooking Clear Creek. Benjamin Wadsworth was not only one of Arvada’s founding fathers but also the town’s first postmaster, and he donated many parcels of land for schools and churches to be built in the burgeoning town. Lloyd King, in 1947, opened the first King Soopers grocery store in Arvada. From this one small market grew an empire of more than 100 King Soopers stores in Colorado. Popular radio personality Irv Brown is known as “Denver’s go-to guy” for sports talk. Brown coached at Arvada High School during the 1960s, leading the Redskins to 10 conference football titles and one state championship. And two-time Cy Young Award–winner Roy Halladay honed his baseball skills in Arvada as a youth. The starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies graduated from Arvada West High School in 1995. From Louis Ralston’s discovery of gold in 1850 along the creek that bears his name, to the present day sprawling suburb, Arvada’s people have helped make the town a jewel of the Centennial State.

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.  

Arvada Library


Dr. Seuss' Birthday Party!



You could not, would not, want to miss a celebration such as this!  Celebrate the birthday of this beloved children's author, Seuss style! Come to the library and enjoy games, crafts and silly Seuss fun!

Registration is required.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 2

Golden Library


Golden Remodel Coming Soon!


Exciting things are underway at the Golden Library as remodel construction is set to begin March 20 to provide Jefferson County’s first 21st century library.

The library will be closed from March 20 through June 11 to accommodate the construction and library staff members are busy making alternative service arrangements for Golden residents.  

Beginning March 1, you can check out the new floorplan and photos of new furniture and fixtures at a display outside the Golden Library. The new design reflects input received from Golden residents at community meetings held last summer. Here are some things you can expect to see:

• A larger, more open children’s area, with a “literacy playscape” to encourage informal learning during play;
• A larger teen area, equipped with enhanced technology;
• Updated technology in the public access area;
• Enhanced technology in the meeting room, to support public presentations;
• More informal spaces for community interaction and exchange, including a community living room (with a fireplace!);
• A large quiet area;
• A study room; and
• An opening day collection, with more of the materials residents are requesting.

While we hate to close the library, we’re doing our best to maintain our most popular services during the construction period.

The cost of the remodel project is being shared by the City of Golden and Jefferson County Public Library.

The library – with a fresh, new look -- is expected to reopen at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 12. For interim updates on the construction and information on where to find alternative services and programs, visit jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel.

Saturday at the Movies


Looking for something to do on these snowy weekends? Enjoy a Saturday movie matinee at the Conifer library and share the experience with other movie lovers. Movie titles vary; ask a librarian for details.

2 p.m., Saturdays
Conifer Library

More LEGOS at the Library


What's the latest things for kids and teens? LEGOs at the Library! These popular programs are now offered at eight Jefferson County Library locations, including Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Conifer, Edgewater, Evergreen, Golden and Standley Lake. We provide the LEGOs® and the kids provide the energy and imagination. The end result? Fun and engaging practice in problem solving, design and building stuff.

From monthly meetings to individual events, it's likely we have a LEGO program to fit your needs. Times and locations.

A Fancy Nancy Tea Party


The Golden Library cordially requests your presence for an afternoon fete. That's a fancy way of saying, “We’re having a tea party and you're invited!” Dress up in your fanciest clothes, bring a parent and join us for tea, snacks and fun! For ages 6-11. Registration required. (Sorry, this program is now full.)

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 24
Golden Library


Last Chance to Write Us a Love Letter


We've been getting wonderful love letters from patrons.

Here are a few excerpts:

"...Through you and your stories, I have learned about myself and the world around me, excelled in nearly every area of school, and grown up inside your walls. Reading has always, and forever will be, a part of my life thanks to you. And for this reason I can say without any shame, regret, or self loathing, that I love reading, and I LOVE YOU. YES YOU. I am who I am today because of you and I would never want to be anyone else."      -- Aspen B.

"...When I ask my 5 year grandson if he wants to go to the library....he always says with excitement....YES! He will always comment when we pass the library, "there's MY library". He knows where the frog is, knows that he can add to the libraries decorations by going to the craft table.....he knows his library is a special place for movies and books. He enjoys looking down tunnel to watch returned items cascade down belt, as he encourages me to watch them disappear, simple pleasure of sharing. How many of us get excited as we check out books all stacked together as the machine magically gives him each name..another simple pleasure of his. Yes, we big people sometimes overlook the simple pleasures in life that can be found at the library. Thanks to MY library..."      -- Ines B.

"...I've never done this before. Written a love letter, I mean. You have done so much for me, whether it be self esteem help, new friendships, or help at school. Self image. A prominent part in any girl's life (and guys, too...) The books you have can range from non-fiction, to fantasy, to realistic fiction and so on. These books show normal chracaters changing the world. Even science books. I read them and realize that someone out there discovered the law of gravity, or a certain type of fish, even. These books prove that we, as people, can do anything. That, I think, is an important thing for everyone to know -- including myself. Because of you, I am happier, stable and much more confident...."    -- Lily Stensland

I could go on and on. The submissions have all been great.

But what about you? Has the library changed your life, not only by introducing you to a love of reading, but on a more practical level? There's still time to share your story! Send us your love letter by the close of business on Feb. 14. The top ten letters will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift card, compliments of the Library Foundation.

Send your letter to:

Communications, 10200 W. 20th, Lakewood, CO 80215
leave it with your local librarian.

Letters must be received by close on business on Feb. 14, and the winner will be announced March 1.

Light Up Your Valentine's Day!


Add a spark to your Valentine's Day! Our Arvada and Belmar libraries are hosting special MakeSomething workshops where you can learn how to make a one-of-a-kind card using paper, conductive paint, a battery and a light diode. Your card will actually light up!

All ages are welcome, but children younger than eight will need to be assisted by an adult. Space is limited and registration is required.

2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14
Arvada Library

10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14
Belmar Library

Hoopla Update


Our new digital download service, Hoopla, has been wildly successful, surpassing all of our expectations. Nearly 2,000 patrons have signed up to access this collection, and they have checked out 4,469 items -- all in the first month!

Unfortunately, the unexpected high demand is putting stress on our budget. Due to financial constraints, we're going to have to limit the number of downloads we allow on any given day.

Hoopla charges the library each time a patron checks out an item. The library budgets a given amount to Hoopla every day. Once that limit is reached no one can check out anything from Hoopla until the next “day” starts, which is at 5 p.m.

If you try to download an item after we've reached our daily limit, you'll receive the following message from Hoopla: "Our daily limit has been reached. Please continue to browse, add to favorites, and come back tomorrow."

We apologize for the inconvenience, but be patient! You should be able to download after 5 p.m., when the next new "day" begins.