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carol

Holiday Open Houses

You are warmly invited to join us for our lovely holiday open houses. Several Jeffco locations are readying the trimmings to help us welcome you for a bit of holiday cheer. Please see below for times and locations. We look forward to seeing you and getting into the spirit of the season.

ARVADA

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1

In conjunction with Old Town Arvada's Lagniapppe celebration, the library invites you to attend our holiday open house! Enjoy the season among friends with music from Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow, light refreshments, crafts, and pictures with Santa.

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Conifer

2:45 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16

Join the Conifer library for holiday cookies, crafts, music and games.

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Evergreen

5 - 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12

12 - 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13

Evergreen Holiday Open House and Book Sale

Join us for holiday festivities as we say “thank you” to our community. You’ll enjoy live music from the Evergreen High School Choir Friday night, light refreshments, activities for kids and adults, and a “gently used” book sale.

Book sale:

10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12

12 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13

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GOLDEN

5:30 - 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4

Join us for cookies and hot cider, balloon sculptor and music, live harp music performed by Maria Obryan as well as nearby entertainment (Golden Visitor’s Center down the street) and fireworks (presented by City of Golden). The Candlelight Walk/Holiday Open House is a wonderful tradition. And do a little shopping too! Our Holiday Used Book Sale presented by the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library will be open:

12 – 8 p.m. Friday, December 4

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, December 5

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Lakewood

2 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12

'Tis the season for music, crafts, and cookies! We're hosting an Open House with Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow.  Join us for cookies, cider and kids crafts.

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Wheat Ridge

12 - 4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 6

Get that ho ho ho spirit with our kids craft party.  Kids are invited to create a craft for holiday gift giving and to have their faces painted from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.

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cindy

“People may go to the library looking mainly for information, but they find each other there.” - Robert Putnam

If you’ve been to the library in the last couple of years, you know it’s MUCH more than a place to find something to read or do research. It’s a place to connect.

People are finding their connection through eBooks, audiobooks, interactive language learning, computer access, storytelling, teen meet-ups, and craft sessions. And that’s just naming a few.

Think about the impact on the community. Parents bring their babies to hear stories, sing songs and make friends. Students come in for help on tough homework assignments. The career-minded explore online job possibilities. The wiser population learns a computer skill to keep their minds active. The possibilities truly are endless.

We celebrate the joy of helping our community make connections. We also ask for our community to come together in support.

There are many ways you can make a connection:

  • Give money – This one’s easy, just spare a few dollars with a few clicks
  • Volunteer – Connect and make friends while you help with our popular annual book sales, fundraising events, book donation processing, and other programs.
  • Donate books – There are never enough!
  • Share your library experience – Spread the word. The more people we can connect with, the stronger our community becomes.

Think about how you would answer the following: “At the library, I…”

• Made a friend.
• Was enthralled by a storyteller.
• Found a book.
• Got an A.
• Listened to a song.
• Learned a lesson.
• Discovered an author.
• Built a Lego house.
• Found a job.
• Got inspired.
• Solved a problem.
• Wrote a poem.
• Learned a language.
• Made a decision.
• Read with a dog.
• Struck a pose.

Tell us how you connect with your library by sending us an eMail or sharing your connection on Facebook or Twitter.

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cindy

It’s winter break. Time for family, friends, and let’s face it, sometimes cabin fever! Need an activity to give you a change of pace? We’re here to help. Take a look at a variety of amazing ways to spend a few hours.  This is just a sampling, so be sure to peruse the Event Calendar online - search for "Winter Break."

Happy holidays!

Standley Lake

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28
LibLab: Ancient Rome
Join us for a fun, hands-on hour as we explore the wonders of Ancient Rome.  We'll build arches (like the Roman Coliseum) catapults and more. Registration required. Free online tickets available one week prior. Ages 6-11

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29
LibLab: Solve a Crime
Explore the science behind the forensics of using clues for solving crimes.  Figure out how footprints, DNA, fingerprints and more help… and then see if you can solve the Standley Lake Library Heist! Registration required - Free on-line tickets available one week before.Ages 6-11

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
LibLab: Mystery of Acoustics
Make some noise! Come explore the science of acoustics with dancing, screaming, and chiming (not by humans)! Registration required - Free on-line tickets available one week before. Ages 6-11

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31
LibLab: Mythic Creature Art
It's tin time! Create original, fantastic tin art featuring our favorite mythical creatures.  Registration required - Free on-line tickets available one week before. Ages 6-11

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Columbine

1 - 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21
Movie Time+ – ELF – and cookie decorating
Watch the movie Elf (PG) and decorate holiday cookies. In this popular holiday movie, the elves raise Buddy as one of their own, but when he begins to notice his differences to the other elves he goes to New York City to find his family.  The movie begins at 1 p.m.  Kids can decorate cookies to eat here or take home.  If you can't come for the movie, drop by between 2:45 and 5 p.m. to decorate cookies. Ages 5+

1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22
LEGO Build & Play - Special Winter Break Edition. All ages

1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23
Movie Time+ – The Muppet Christmas Carol – and cookie decorating
Watch The Muppet's Christmas Carol (G) and decorate holiday cookies.  In this popular holiday movie, Scrooge is visited by the sprits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. After revisiting his sorrowful past, hate-filled present, and doomed future, Scrooge turns over a new leaf and becomes the most generous person in town. The movie begins at 1 p.m. Kids can then decorate cookies to eat here or take home.  If you can't come for the movie, drop by between 2:45 and 5 p.m. to decorate cookies. Ages 5+

1 - 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28
Winter Break Fun - Surprise Craft!
Drop into the Children's Area between 1 - 5 p.m. to create a surprise craft! Ages 5+

1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29
Winter Break Fun - Recycled Puzzle Picture Frame
Make a cool picture frame using recycled puzzle pieces.  The fun will be in the Columbine meeting room.

1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
Painting with Magnets
Drop in to the Children's Area to make a masterpiece for the fridge - or wherever you wish to display it.

5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
Teen Movie Time - Jurassic Park
The Columbine 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 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.

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Arvada

10:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19
Family Movie Time – Polar Express (G)
Put on your jammies (optional!) and join us for this classic movie based on children's author Chris Van Allsburg's modern holiday classic of the same name, The Polar Express revolves around Billy, who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so with his family's dogged insistence that all of it is a myth, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself. This all changes on Christmas Eve when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train's conductor, along with the other passengers, help turn Billy's crisis in faith into a journey of self-discovery. (100 minutes)

1 p.m. Monday Dec. 21
Movie Time – ELF (PG)
Buddy was a baby who stowed away in Santa's toy bag and ended up at the North Pole. The elves raise him as one of their own, but when he begins to notice he’s different than the other elves, he goes to New York City to find his birth father in this sweet holiday comedy. (97 minutes)

1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22 
Movie Time – Inside Out (PG)
Growing up can be a bumpy road and it's no exception for Riley who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions; joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life.  (102 minutes)

1 - 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23
LEGO Play & Build - Special Winter Break Edition

1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28
Movie Time – Minions (PG)
Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon, the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan and alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob, he ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.  (91 minutes)

1 - 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
LEGO Play & Build

1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31
Movie Time - Shaun the Sheep Movie (PG)
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargains for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.  (85 minutes)

 

by: 
carol


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

Columbine

Teens

 

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carol

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

Columbine

 

by: 
cindy

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 - http://BookViewNow.org - plus select PBS station websites, and the WORLDChannel.org. In addition, select segments will be archived and available for on-demand viewing on http://pbs.org, 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!

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carol

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. 

Columbine

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

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Lakewood

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

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Arvada

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

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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

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Belmar
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

 

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mackenzie

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!  

by: 
carol

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

Evergreen

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Rebecca

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

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