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LEGO® Stop Motion Animation (ages 11-18)


If you type LEGO® into YouTube’s search engine, you'll find thousands of clips of small LEGO® mini figures having grand adventures in short videos. These mini-films have exploded as the animations have become easy to produce and share.  There are even entire websites dedicated entirely to LEGO® animation, complete with ratings systems, director profiles, contest, and tutorials.

As part of our special Summer Reading 2015 programming, your teens can learn to produce their own stop motion animation videos at one of our free workshops.  Check out some of the fun videos that have been made so far!  And we want to see more! Send your completed videos or a link to and we'll share them on our website.

  • June 18 3 – 4:30 p.m. Columbine
  • June 26 2 – 3:30 p.m. Evergreen
  • July 3 5 – 6:30 p.m. Edgewater
  • July 14 2 – 3:30 p.m. Standley Lake
  • July 18 2 – 3:30 p.m. Golden
  • July 21 3 – 4:30 p.m. Golden
  • July 21 4  - 5:30 p.m. Belmar Tuesdays @ Four
  • July 25 2 – 3:30 p.m. Bookmobile (Ken Caryl & Shaffer stop)
  • July 29 2 – 3:30 p.m. Lakewood 
  • August 1 2 – 3:30 pm. Belmar


Author Visit: Bill Cooke


Have you ever wished you could hike the Colorado Trail? Join author Bill Cooke as he presents a slideshow of his book, “Shades of Gray, Splashes of Color: A Thru-hike of the Colorado Trail” at the Wheat Ridge Library.

His book chronicles his 2011 hike of the 486-mile trail, the length of which was a personal high for him in 35 years of backpacking. The Colorado Trail makes its way through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, traversing a landscape as changing and diverse as the swirling afternoon clouds presaging the daily summer thunderstorms. Cooke’s book will be available for signing and purchase following the presentation.

2 p.m. Saturday, June 20 

Wheat Ridge Library

Knitting for Chemo


Libraries. Each time you walk through the doors you’re likely to find something unexpected. At Standley Lake Library, you’re certain to find that throughout the month of July.

The Standley Lake Library Yarn and Needle Arts Group is relatively new but growing and hopes to do one charitable project a year. Right now, they’re working with the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center to make and collect chemocaps for cancer patients and YOU are invited to participate.
Knitters can attend the Standley Lake Library Yarn and Needle Arts Group to make caps together, or they can knit them at home and drop off caps at the Library.
Not a knitter? That’s ok! You can participate by joining the group and learning to knit. Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in hand arts, and all skill levels are welcome.

The Yarn and Needle Arts Group meets monthly at the Standley Lake Library. 

5:30 - 8 p.m.  First Thursday of month

Standley Lake Library


Drum roll, please…Week 1 Winners Announced


More than 90 readers have been notified via email that they are a Week 1 Prize Winner.  Look for their selfies on Twitter and Instagram using #reason2read.  And keep reading.  We have prizes valued at more than $2.3 million to give away over the next 10 weeks.  If you haven’t already told your friends about the program, share the news and encourage them to register.  Thanks to the businesses who donated the prizes, and congratulations to our amazing readers!

***  Winners have been notified by email! ***


Next Week’s Prizes: 

  • 1 Month of Martial Arts Lessons from Personal Achievement Martial Arts
  • 1 $100 Course Gift Certificate from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts
  • $20 Free Pizza from Randi’s Pizza
  • 10 Free Coffeecakes from Rheinlander’s Bakery
  • 1 4-Pack of Tickets to Tiny Town Train
  • 2 Free Brownies from Tony’s Meats & Specialty Foods
  • 2 Free Brownies from Tony’s Meats & Specialty Foods
  • 73 Family 5 Pack of Unlimited Ride Passes to Lakeside Amusement Park
  • 5 Alpine Slide Tickets from Heritage Square Alpine Slide
  • 1 Fantastic Sams Hair Care Set
  • 1 Cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • 1 Gift from Stacy’s Hallmark Shop


Teen Fandom Contest: June 17 – July 17


You love it! Your favorite book, movie, tv show, or musical artist - it doesn’t matter! Here’s your chance to represent your fandom of your favorite anything in a fun and creative manner.

The contest is open for one month and you can submit your project in person to the Lakewood Library's Teen Librarian between  June 17 – July 17. You choose the format the best illustrates your fandom.  Creative contributions can be in a variety of formats: 

  • written stories
  • poetry
  • visual art
  • digital format
  • videos 
  • other

Entries will be judged by the Lakewood Library's Teen Advisory Board at the Lakewood Library on July 22, between 6 - 7:30 p.m. The winner will be announced soon after and will receive a $50 Visa gift card. Entrants must be Colorado Residents between 11 - 18 years of age. Please include your telephone number and/or email address with your entry.


Join Us for the Golden Grand Reopening Ceremony June 14


It's almost here...the Golden Library is nearly ready to open and we can't wait to show you!

Mark your calendars to attend the Golden Library Grand Reopening.

Sunday, June 14
noon to 5 p.m.

Our staff will be available to showcase features of the Library and you can sign up to join the 1,000,001-minute Summer reading Challenge and receive prizes (while supplies last).

The Library will be open for business on Saturday the 13th, but the ribbon cutting and grand reopening is planned for Sunday the 14m (to minimize competition with the Golden Music Festival being held right across the creek).

Whenever you come, we're looking forward to showing off our new spaces and reconnecting with old friends!

See you soon!


We did it! Let’s read more!


Wow!  We are just one week into the Read 1,000,001 Minutes Challenge, you’ve surprised and shocked us all!

We knew Jefferson County liked reading. We knew you liked Summer Reading. But clearly, we  didn’t set the bar high enough. 

So, we’re raising the bar – let’s go for 10 million minutes!

Your enthusiasm is creating an infectious energy throughout the county and we want to keep it going!

The Summer Reading Challenge runs through August 14. Get your family and friends to sign up. Challenge them to read, log minutes, and win prizes!  We award our first 98 prize winners this week, with more than 2 million dollars in donated prizes to give away throughout the summer.

Weekly prize drawings, ranging from movie tickets to Karate Birthday Parties, from martial arts lessons to concert tickets, from Rheinlander’s Bakery Cakes to free meals at area restaurants are just waiting to be given away to anyone who is registered and logging time each week.

And, to keep things interesting, we’re add surprizes.  We have secret “reading shoppers” in the community looking for readers. Get caught reading and you could win!

Thanks for playing, and let’s hit that 10 million minute goal!

It's On! Join the Summer Reading challenge


Students from the Rocky Mountain Deaf School have joined our Summer Reading challenge to read 1,000,001 minutes.  You should too!  

We spent some time at the school yesterday and shot this fun little video. The students, faculty and staff were amazing and couldn’t wait to sign up today to track their reading time and win prizes.

Make reading a part of your summer plans! Register Now: 

Let the reading begin!


The Summer Reading 2015 program – Read 1,000,001 Minutes – has begun!  Register now and help Jefferson County meet the challenge of reading 1,000,001 minutes this summer.

The program is simple. Read. Log minutes. Win prizes.  As long as you’re adding your minutes online each week, you’re eligible to win one of our many weekly prize drawings.

If you're looking for a fun way to kick start your summer reading, don't forget the Launch Party and Celebrity Read-a-thon today

Friday, May 29, 3-6 p.m.
Jefferson County Courts & Administration Building
100 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden (MAP)

What's your reason for reading? Share it using #reason2read.

Happy reading!

Special Savings for Jeffco Teachers!


We know that our teachers go above and beyond when it comes to helping their students out, including paying for teaching materials and school supplies for their students out of pocket. We also know that teachers are some of the biggest supporters of early childhood literacy and that many classrooms have their own small libraries for students.

We want to show Jeffco's teachers just how much we appreciate everything they do for our community's kids. That's why we're giving teachers the chance to fill up not one, not two, but THREE grocery bags of books for only six dollars each!

That's right! On May 30 between 2 – 5, teachers are getting their own exclusive bag sale. All you have to do is show us your school ID when you check out and you can get three grocery size bags of books for only six dollars/bag! This means fewer people to deal with (Sundays can get a little hairy) and a much better selection of books!

The Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale is May 29th-31st at the Jefferson County  Fairgrounds. We’ll be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Keep an eye on our blogs to find out how you can save even more at the Whale Sale!