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Reconnect with Connect for Health Colorado


It’s time to reconnect with Connect for Health Colorado. Launched last year, Connect for Health Colorado ( is the non-profit health insurance marketplace established by state law in response to the Affordable Health Care Act. It is the one-stop, online marketplace designed to help Coloradans find the best health plan for their needs and find out if they are eligible for federal financial assistance to help them pay for coverage.

There’s a lot to understand and the process can be confusing. The Belmar Library is here to help! 

Belmar Library is once again a Certified Assistance Site, where you can meet with a Certified Health Coverage Guide to explore Connect for Health Colorado and understand your options.

Personal assistance will be available at the Belmar Library at the following dates and times:


  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25


  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30


  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6,
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8,
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25
  • 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27
  • 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29

Here’s to your health!

Dogtoberfest Wrap Up


Adopt-A-Dog month is officially over and we want to celebrate the adoptions of Melvin, Kaiser, Loki, Tara, Roni, Daisy, Azar, Rue and Lovey Dovey from Foothills Animal Shelter. Now that they’ve found their forever homes, we have some book recommendations for them to share with their new families. 


Since Melvin is only three months old and very curious, we think he'll learn a lot by reading about Bella and Harry’s adventures as they travel the world. Lisa Manzione has a whole series dedicated to the travels of these two Chihuahuas, so Melvin and his family won’t run out of fun tales for a while!



Tara is a calm and curious kind of gal who we think will appreciate reading Dog Days by Elsa Watson with her new family. The book’s about a dog and a café owner who switch bodies and will definitely give Tara and her family a new appreciation for each other!


We think that outgoing and adventurous Loki will definitely connect with Dash, the pit bull sidekick in Carol Lea Benjamin's Rachel Alexander and Dash Mysteries. Maybe he can even convince his new family to start their own private investigation company! 



Since one year old Kaiser loves exploring, we just know he’ll love getting to know Carl, created by Alexandra Day. This is another series that has a bunch of books, meaning Kaiser and his family can keep reading about Carl for a long time!    



Roni loves to cuddle and be a couch potato, so we think she and her family will appreciate Esri Allbritten’s Chihuahua of the Baskervilles and its sequel The Portrait of Doreene Gray. They can cuddle up and read these mysteries all night knowing they’ll keep each other safe. 



We think that Azar’s natural curiosity and inquisitiveness will allow him to get sucked into the plot of The Drop by Dennis Lehane. His family will totally connect with the protagonist, who rescues a puppy and then has his life turned upside down. 



Daisy’s love of the outdoors and the fact the a family gave her second chance makes The Mountain Top School for Dogs and Other Second Chances by Ellen Cooney and perfect fit for her and her new family. After all, everyone, human and canine alike, deserves a second chance. 



We think that shy and goofy Rue and her forever family will enjoy reading about the (mis)adventures of Sally in this series about a fellow black Labrador by Stephen Huneck. This is another series that’s bound to satisfy this smarty and her people for a good while.  



Lovely Dovey and her family are going to love learning about the role doves played in history while they read The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman.


Here are some other books to check out if you’re considering adopting an animal or want to get involved in animal rescue: Unlikely Loves: 43 Heartwarming Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer S. Holland; Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself by Julie Klam; A Small Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue and the Meaning of Life by Steve Kotler; Internship and Opportunities for People Who Love Animals by Ann Byers; and Adopting Pets: How to Choose Your New Best Friend by Bill Gutman.

November is Senior Animal Month, so keep an eye out for more book recommendations for animals of Foothills Animal Shelter in the future! 

Teen Writing Group


Do you have the write stuff? A passion for the pen? Are you already working on your first novel or fanfic? Or is poetry your thing? Whatever your writing interest, the Teen Writing Group is for you. This monthly workshop offers the chance to share your writing, get feedback from like-minded peers, sharpen your skills, and discuss a variety of topics. Use your words!

4:00 p.m. Monday, November 2

4:00 p.m. Monday, December 7


Grades 6 - 12

Rare & Novel Event: Read Like the Dickens, November 12


No bah. No humbug. Just Dickens! Join the Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) for an evening of merriment, Nov. 12

According to critic and author Leigh Hunt, Charles Dickens invented modern Christmas with his classic, A Christmas Carol. In the early 19th century, business meetings were regularly held on Christmas Day itself, a holiday that scarcely warranted mention. A Christmas Carol gave the English speaking world a new notion of Christmas – a day full of generosity and giving, a day that was usually snow covered (though it’s interesting to note that it seldom snowed in England on Christmas at all).

How fitting the Foundation chose Charles Dickens to celebrate this year at its annual Rare & Novel event. This year’s Rare & Novel event is called Read Like the Dickens and promises to celebrate not only Charles Dickens, but reading, literacy and, most importantly, Jefferson County Public Library and its programs and services.

“People don’t realize how much it takes to run a library,” says the Library Foundation’s Executive Director Jo Schantz. “Taxes keep the lights on and the doors open, but the Foundation really helps raise the funds needed to grow programs like Summer Reading Club, which had more than 31,000 participants this year.”

The Foundation supports the Library’s early literacy programs and American Sign Language (ASL) Storytimes, as well as Jeffco Stories (an oral history project) and the Swank Movie License program, which allows libraries to screen first-run movies free of charge for its patrons.

Read Like the Dickens, begins at 6 p.m. at Baldoria on the Water in Lakewood, on Nov.12. Cocktail hour will be highlighted by a silent auction, featuring several “Rare & Novel” books, followed by an Olde English-style buffet dinner and a caroling quartet and live theatrical vignettes from A Christmas Carol.

“It’s all about celebrating what books and libraries bring to our lives,” says Schantz. “The Christmas Carol theme also reminds us of the inner joy found in giving and sharing.”

Proceeds from the event will be used to support the Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit. Tickets are $65 per person and $120 per couple. Sponsorships and table sales are available. Reservations for the event can be made on the Foundation website or by calling 303-403-5075.

Author Phone Talk with Ann Ross, creator of Miss Julia


Register now for Monday's special presentation with author Ann Ross through the Libary to You's special Author Phone Talk. Listen in as Ann Ross discusses the writing, characters and plots of the popular Miss Julia mystery series. One fan pegs the infamous Miss Julia as “a strong, sassy, Southern woman transformed by dramatic and sometimes comical circumstances outside her control.” The sixteenth in the series, Miss Julia Lays Down the Law is perhaps the steel magnolia’s most exciting adventure yet.

We'll be live tweeting throughout the talk, so if you haven't already followed us on Twitter, be sure to do so here.

About the Book

At first, Miss Julia and the other A-list ladies are pleased to be invited over to newcomer Connie Clayborn’s for coffee, but the afternoon turns into a slap in the face when their snobby hostess spouts nonstop criticism about Abbotsville. Why, how dare she?

Days later, Miss Julia decides to confront Connie woman to woman, but when she arrives, Connie is lying on the kitchen floor—lifeless in a pool of blood. Who could have done this? Miss Julia will need to find out fast—particularly because her fingerprints are now all over the crime scene...

We welcome 100 participants to listen to the presentation and then have questions answered by the author! Submit your questions and comments when you register at or by calling 303.275.6173. 

Date: Monday, November 16, 2015

Time: 1 – 2 p.m. MT

Location: We’ll call the number you register with, so listen in from wherever y'all are!

Check out the book from Jeffco Library. Also, autographed copies of Ms. Ross’ books are available from her hometown bookstore, The Fountainhead Bookstore. Call 828-697-1870 to order and be sure to mention “Jeffco Library” for special autograph and inscription requests.

Limited to the first 100 registrants.


Dogtoberfest Book Recs


It's the third week of Adopt-A-Dog Month and we're featuring a whole bunch of new cuties this week! In the past two weeks, Melvin, Kaiser, Loki, Tara, Roni, and Lovey Dovey have been adopted! If you're interested in any of the animals featured in this series, you can learn more about them here, or by calling 303-278-7575. 

Azar is a four-year-old American Pit Bull mix. He is inquisitive about his surroundings, constantly sniffing about for the answers. Because he is an observer, with a love for the outdoors, we think he’ll love reading about the adventures of Homer Pudding and the basset hound Dog in Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors. If you want to be the companion who sees the world with Azar, his ID Number is: 163096. 

Daisy is a two-year-old Labrador retriever mix who wants to be by your side while getting her fresh air fix. She loves the outdoors and is looking for someone to take with her on hikes to the mountains, which she’ll be prepared for after she reads The Trail Hound’s Handbook: Your Family Guide to Hiking with Dogs by Elle Eastwood. If you want to be Daisy’s hiking buddy, her ID Number is: 159570.

Rue is a three-year-old Labrador retriever mix. She is a little shy at first but an absolute delight around the house once she is familiar with you. She can be a bit of a goofball, too! Rue can be very playful and is also quite the smarty pants, which is why we think she will enjoy reading Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words by John W. Pilley. If you want to learn with Rue, her ID Number is: 160778.

Baldwin is an energetic and affectionate three-year-old American Pitbull Mix who loves playing with toys all day long, which is why we think he’d relate to Kipper in Kipper’s Toybox by Mick Inkpen. If you want a buddy who is always up for anything, Baldwin’s ID Number is: 161781.

Cute Critter Extra

Hammy is a cute little hamster with a love for her exercise wheel. Hamsters are known for their energy and Hammy is no exception. She especially loves running at night when she feels the most adventurous. We think she’d really connect with Harriet in Harriet the Hamster Fairy by Daisy Meadows. Hammy’s ID Number is: 163412 so come in and visit with this little gal today!


Title Spine Training


The Jefferson County Library Foundation’s Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale is upon us… and is kind of a Black Friday for book lovers. No need to join a CrossFit class, but we do have a few tips to get pumped and prepped.

  • Get there early; people line up before the doors open.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, duh.
  • Bring the biggest and strongest tote bag you own.
  • Trust your gut. Don’t hem and haw… just buy it. You’ll regret missing the opportunity if you don’t.
  • Keep the stroller in the car (unless you’d rather play bumper cars than find great treasures).
  • Bring small bills so it’s faster to check out. Yes, you can use a credit card, but sometimes that takes longer.
  • DON’T DEAL WITH IT. Join Friends of Jefferson County Public Library [link to join] and enjoy a leisurely time shopping the Preview Night before the doors open to the public.

Whatever you do at the Fall Whale Sale, just do it on porpoise. (Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun. Oh, whale!)

See you soon!


Whale Sale Details:

Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale Free Admission! Browse through 100,000+ books, CDs, DVDs and more!

Thursday, October 22 - Preview Night for Friends members
6 - 8 p.m.

Friday,October 23-24
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*Sunday, October 25
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

*Sunday is "Bag Day." Stuff as many items as you can into a grocery sized bag for just $6.

For more information, go here or call 303-403-5075. 


“I got a job!” – A story about true grit.


It’s not every day someone says, “You changed my life!”  But that’s exactly what Charles Armstrong is saying about the librarians at Lakewood Library.  Listen to Charles’ message.

Charles chooses to make the Lakewood Library his home library because of the unparalleled service he receives from the librarians.  Charles moved to the Denver area about five years ago. He is a steelworker who recently had been struggling to find work.  He came to the library seeking help with his resume and job search when experiences associate Lindsay Masciotti asked him to tell her about himself.  She asked him what he missed most about his home state of Alabama in an effort to get to know him better. When he replied, “Grits! You just can’t find good grits in Colorado!” This gave Lindsay an idea on how to help him stand out from the crowd and capture a potential employer’s attention.  

Lindsay suggested he insert some of his story into his cover letter. Charles followed her advice and included more of his personal story in his cover letter, sharing his love of grits, how steelworkers have grit, and how that grit makes him the perfect candidate for a steel working job.

Teen services librarian Marie McColley, patron experience associate Brianna Francis, and adult services librarian Lynn Gunderson continued to advise him on how to finalize his resume, post his cover letter and resume online, scan training certificates, while offering moral support.

Shortly after posting his information on steelworker job sites, he began to capture employers’ attention.  The next day he had an interview and then an offer of employment. He accepted the job offer and began to make plans for his temporary move. The next day he received three more offers for employment, then another two, and the offers continue to trickle in.

People often only think of libraries as places to find toddlers during story times or students doing research.  Sometimes, they forget the role libraries play in the economic well-being of a community. Libraries are the trusted repositories of knowledge and information, and it is that knowledge and creativity that help drive productivity and economic health. Today’s library is a lively community center with patrons of all ages and stations in life actively engaged with a wide variety of print and electronic media, library staff and each other. Today’s libraries are a dynamic part of a community’s learning infrastructure and support economic development.

Libraries support the economic health of their communities by:

  • Supporting early literacy and education;
  • Contributing to a technologically literate workforce;
  • Providing critical resources for job seekers;
  • Supporting local businesses and startups;
  • Anchoring commercial developments and redevelopments; and
  • Contributing to a community’s quality of life.

At the time of this writing, Charles has moved to Cincinnati for the next six months to work and complete his next professional job building buildings and bridges, adding his own personal touch of grit to each of his projects.

Living with Alzheimer's: Survival Skills for Middle-Stage Caregivers




In the middle stages of Alzheimer's, those who were once care-partners become hands-on caregivers. Join us to hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care during the time when dementia and support evolve. This free, two-part class is presented by experts from the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado.

Registration is required. Participants should plan to attend both three-hour sessions.

1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 1  - Part 1
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 8 - Part 2




Teen Read Week


Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. We’re kicking off Teen Read Week by highlighting some of the programs and opportunities Jeffco Library offers exclusively for teens.

Teen Advisory Board

We include actual teenagers in the decisions we make regarding teen programming and materials. Every library has its own TAB (Teen Advisory Board), a group of teens interested in becoming more involved in their library and community. These teens work with our Teen Services staff to give input on library YA collections, contribute to the Teen blog, help create teen programming, volunteer at events, organize community service projects, and influence how their library serves teens. Want to learn more about joining your local TAB? Just ask your local Teen librarian. 

Teen Blog Submission

We love highlighting our teens’ amazing talent! Teens can submit their original creative writing, editorials, book/movie reviews, photography, or artwork to be featured on our Teen Blog. Check out what’s been posted recently and submit your own work.

Movie Passes

Our Teen Services Coordinator has incredible connections that get our teens exclusive access to FREE passes to advanced screenings of hot movies, like Goosebumps and Me & Earl & The Dying Girl. Join her email list so you can learn about upcoming advanced screening passes too! 

After Dark Events

Ever wonder what your local library’s like after hours? Many of our libraries become TEEN ONLY zones once a month by offering programing that takes place after we’ve kicked everyone else out of the library. Find an After Dark event at your library.  


Teens can get homework help from Colorado School of Mines student volunteers every Wednesday and Thursday at the Golden Library.

Special Events

Our Teen Services staff puts on more programs and events for teens than we can count; LEGO Clubs, movie nights, writing workshops, and more! See all our Teen events right here


You can learn more about Teen Read Week and join the conversation about it on Twitter with #TRW15.