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cindy

 

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and we’ve decided to give it a little extra oomph! If you love your library, make sure you have a library card

Snoopy, the world-famous beagle has been known as The Flying Ace, The Masked Marvel, Man’s Best Friend, and the Literary Ace makes his star return when he comes to the big screen in The Peanuts Movie from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios. He is also proudly serving as the American Library Association’s Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month.

Snoopy will be visiting storytimes and joining outreach staff to encourage people to sign up for a library card. He’ll have Snoopy bookmarks and stickers for the little ones, and Love Your Library car window decals and bookmarks for adults, while supplies last.

Upcoming visits:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 16  Standley Lake Story Time - 10:15 and 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16  Arvada Story Time - 12:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 17 Belmar Elementary
  • Saturday, Sept 19  Summerset Festival (Library Booth)
  • Sunday, Sept. 20  Arvada Farmer's Market
  • Monday, Sept. 21  Lakewood Story Time - 10:30, 11, and 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23 Arvada Story Time - 12:15 and 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept 24  Welchester Elementary
  • Sunday, Sept 27 Arvada Farmers Market
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30 Glennon Heights Elementary

Check out some books on Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang.  Schedule subject to change. Please check back regularly.

 

 

by: 
cindy

It’s time to get on your feet and start moving! Did you know that one of the best ways to help prepare young children to read is through movement and play?

Join Jefferson County Public Library for a special program featuring renowned author and physical activity specialist, Rae Pica, on October 14.  6:30 p.m. and learn what you can do as a parent, family member, teacher, caregiver or child care provider to make moving and playing part of your reading activities.

This event is designed to help us better understand the relationship between physical activity and the brain; the value of play; and how to use movement, play and active learning to nurture a child’s ability to learn to read and think.

Rae’s lively and informative workshops and expertise have been shared with groups such as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues, Gymboree, and state health departments throughout the country. She also served on the task force of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) that created national guidelines for early childhood physical activity.

Rae is the author of 17 books, including Experiences in Movement, Great Games for Young Children, Jump into Literacy, and A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity, and Free Time Create a Successful Child.

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 14
Lakewood Cultural Center
470 South Allison Parkway
Lakewood, Colorado

The event is free but we encourage you to reserve your seat now!

 

About the author: 

Rae Pica has been an education consultant, specializing in the development and education of the whole child, active learning, and developmentally appropriate practice, since 1980. She is the author of 19 books, including the award-winning Great Games for Young Children and Jump into Literacy, and her most recent, What If Everybody Understood Child Development? Rae is known for her lively and informative presentations and has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues, and Gymboree. Rae also served on the task force of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) that created national guidelines for early childhood physical activity, blogs for Huffington Post, and is cofounder of BAM Radio Network, the world’s largest online education radio network, where she hosts Studentcentricity, interviewing experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more.

by: 
cindy

Laura Pritchett, author of Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, will be making visiting Wheat Ridge Library on Thursday, September 17 at 9 a.m.

The book was chosen as part of Wheat Ridge Reads,  a citywide book club, sponsored by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission. Presented annually, Wheat Ridge Reads is designed to promote literacy and a shared reading experience throughout the city.

Hell’s Bottom, Colorado is a collection of short, linked stories. Winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and the PEN USA Award for Fiction, Hell's Bottom, Colorado, focuses on one extended ranching family in Colorado, unfolding the stories of various family members with warmth and gritty reality. On Hell's Bottom Ranch, a section of land below the Front Range, there’s Renny, a women who prefers “a little Hell swirled with her Heaven,” and her husband, Ben, who’s “gotten used to smoothing over Renny’s excesses.” A day of haying turns violent in “A New Name Each Day.” In “Rattlesnake Fire,” Ben and his estranged sister must decide whether to put aside their differences to save families trapped by a forest fire. There is a daughter who plays it too safe and a daughter plagued by only "half-wanting" what life has to offer. In Pritchett’s masterful hands, the western landscape becomes a zone of familial crisis and, sometimes, transcendence. 

Raised on a Colorado ranch, Pritchett is the author/editor of seven books, a writing coach, and an activist. Still a Colorado resident, she is on the faculty at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, and provides one-on-one coaching as well as workshops on a variety of writing topics. She has published more than 100 essays and short stories in magazines (including O Magazine, High Country News, and 5280). She holds a PhD from Purdue University.

9 a.m., Thursday, September 17
Wheat Ridge Library

6 p.m. Wednesday, September 16
Clancy's Irish Pub
7000 W 38th Avenue

Sponsored by the Wheat Ridge Reads and Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission.

by: 
cindy

Tiny Houses are catching big attention in Colorado. Learn about the tiny house movement from an organization dedicated to smaller housing alternatives. Barbara Mariner, Live Simply Colorado, discusses what it takes to live tiny, including resources, costs, building know-how, money, land and legal issues.

Arvada
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 15

Lakewood
2 p.m. Saturday, September 19

Wheat Ridge
6 p.m. Thursday, September 24

Evergreen
2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 26

Golden
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 29

Belmar
2 p.m. Saturday, October 3

 

by: 
cindy

Taking care of aging parents requires some know-how. Think about it…When you’re expecting a child, there are countless classes, books, and resources to turn to that can help you prepare.  But when the tables turn and we find ourselves caring instead for our parents, it can be much more difficult to learn the ropes. We want to help you learn how to effectively support your aging parents and this Aging Well Series is designed to do just that. It’s free, the workshops rotate throughout the county, and they are all delivered by senior living experts.

Brain Health: Can Alzheimer’s be Prevented?
2 p.m. Friday, September 11
Standley Lake

The human brain has the ability to change and grow over time, given the proper support and stimulation. Science demonstrates that a holistic lifestyle approach will bring the most benefit. Using the six dimensional model of Optimum Life®, we will learn about various activities and practices that have been shown to benefit the brain. While dementia cannot be prevented entirely, there are things you can do to reduce risk and possibly slow the progression of the disease.

 

Getting to the Right Place: An Overview of Senior Living Solutions
6 p.m. Monday, September 14
Golden

Aging is a time of adaptation and change; planning for the future can help ensure your needs, or the needs of a loved one, are met. Continuing to thrive as you age means learning how to maintain your independence for as long as possible. Thinking about your future can be a stressful topic for both you and your family. However, the earlier you assess your needs and think about how those needs may change over time, the more control you’ll have over future living arrangements. 

 

Avoiding Falls
2 p.m. Friday, September 18
Standley Lake

Each year in the United States, one in three people over the age of 65 has a fall. In the age group over 80, the number increases to one in two. For an older adult, the consequences of falling can range from minor injury to devastating trauma. The best way to minimize the impact of falls is to prevent them altogether. Learn how you can minimize your risk of falling. 

 

Starting the Conversation
6:30 p.m. Monday, October 5
Evergreen

Talking with your aging parents about how they will spend their later years can be a sensitive conversation. This presentation is designed to educate you about how to start the conversation that can help you and your loved one plan for their needs as they age.

 

Getting to the Right Place: An Overview of Senior Living Solutions
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 7
Evergreen

Aging is a time of adaptation and change, and planning for the future will make sure that your needs, or the needs of a loved one, are fully met. Continuing to thrive as you age means learning how to maintain your independence for as long as possible. Thinking about your future can be a stressful topic for both you and your family. However, the earlier you assess your needs and think about how those needs may change over time, the more control you’ll have over future living arrangements. 

 

Living with Alzheimer’s: Survival Skills for Middle Stage Caregivers
1 p.m. Sunday, November
Lakewood

In the middle stage of Alzheimer's disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer's. This free, two-part program is presented by experts from the Alzheimer's Association.

 

Living with Alzheimer’s: Survival Skills for Middle Stage Caregivers
1 p.m. Sunday, November 8
Lakewood

In the middle stage of Alzheimer's disease, those who were care partners now become hands-on caregivers. Join us and hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer's. This free, two-part program is presented by experts from the Alzheimer's Association.

 

by: 
cindy

Everybody loves a tea party! We invite kids who are five and older to bring their favorite grownup to an afternoon tea at the Wheat Ridge Library.

You don’t have to be royalty to enjoy a good tea party. Tea parties can be a fun way to introduce your children to table etiquette. Here are a few tea party “rules” I found in some of our children’s books.

  1. Always try to be clean and neat.
  2. Try to be fancy. A little dress up doesn’t hurt anyone.
  3. Try to eat daintily.
  4. Manners matter.

Whether you’re like Fancy Nancy or more like Tea Rex, tea parties can be a lot of fun. And, here’s a few reading suggestions for you to check out before, or after, your tea party.

4 p.m. Thursday, September 10
Wheat Ridge

Registration is required and is now open. Register.  

 

         

 

 

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cindy

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cindy

Our Executive Director, Pam Nissler, recently updated our community on a board action that places a question on the November ballot to increase our current funding by one mill. You can read more about the action and what it means for JCPL on the Director's Blog

 

by: 
mackenzie

Congratulations to our Time to Read contest winner, Elizabeth Bealin! Thanks for sharing how you find time to read: “At the pool, in my bed after homework before sleep. On the bus on my phone until I feel carsick. And those rare quiet days when I don’t have to go anywhere , turn electronics off and cozy up with a book.”

Here’s some of our other favorite tips for finding time in your day to read:

  • Prop a book up on the bathroom sink when drying your hair and to easily get in about 10-15 minutes of reading.
  • Listen to audiobooks during your daily commute.
  • Try listening to audiobooks while you’re at the gym.
  • Read more than one book at a time and keep them in different places around the house.
  • Swap a half an hour of TV/Internet/phone time for book time.

What’s your secret to squeezing to read into your busy day? Even though the contest is over, we’d love it if you’d share your tip with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #reason2read!

by: 
cindy

Author Mary Stobie will visit with Wheat Ridge Library’s Thursday Morning Book Group on Thursday, August 20, 9 a.m. She’ll be discussing her book, You Fall Off, You Get Back On. The event is open to all.

Stobie is a Rocky Mountain writer and terms her book a “patchwork memoir.” This fun-filled book is part Erma Bombeck and part Annie Oakley as Stobie recounts her experiences as a young rodeo champion and Hollywood ingénue.

As a starlet she had surprising encounters with Hollywood A-listers like Warren Beatty, George C. Scott, and Clint Eastwood before she returned to family life on the Colorado range and settled into the writing.

Join us for this entertaining discussion and you’ll discover that Mary Stobie is anything but “settled.”  Even in suburbia, life continues to be an adventure (or misadventure) for Stobie who finds every escapade a great excuse for a joke or life lesson.

You Fall Off, You Get Back On is a reading treat for anyone who appreciates the Rocky Mountains, enjoys an honest and loving life story well-told, and loves a good laugh.

9 a.m. Thursday, August 20
Wheat Ridge

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