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Boggled by the Ballot?

by: 
Bethany

Just like taxes, each year election season rolls around. And just like taxes, each year I get stressed out about it. What’s on the ballot and what does it means for me? I know I’m not the only person who feels this way. Luckily, there are folks like Active Minds who are here to help us translate the ballot language into words we can actually understand and tell us objectively about the arguments on each side of any given measure. Drop in for a quick rundown of the ballot issues and a look at what the yes or no vote for each will mean. 

Belmar Library
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5

Evergreen Library
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15

It's Banned Books Week

by: 
Bethany

This week marks the 33nd annual Banned Books Week. This event started back in 1982 to celebrate the freedom to read after a barrage of challenges to books in libraries, schools and even book stores. According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since the initial Banned Books Week celebration. More than 300 were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom just last year.

You might be surprised at some of the books that have been challenged and even banned, including Charlotte’s Web, The Diary of Anne Frank, Where’s Waldo, To Kill a Mockingbird and even the American Heritage Dictionary.

 

As a library, we honor open access to information of all kinds, even that which some may find controversial. In honor of Banned Books Week, take a look at some banned classics and give one a read. 

 

Author Jared Orsi Comes to Arvada

by: 
Bethany

Pikes Peak. Chances are you see it regularly, maybe even every day. But, how much do you know about the man it was named for: Zebulon Pike? Join us for a fascinating look at the life of one of the country’s most noted explorers with author Jared Orsi, who penned Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike.  

This book provides the first modern biography of this soldier and explorer, who rivaled contemporaries Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Written from an environmental perspective, rich in cultural and political context, Citizen Explorer is a state-of-the-art biography of a remarkable man.

Arvada Library
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7

Standley Lake Parking Lot Construction

by: 
Bethany

The Standley Lake Library parking lot is being resurfaced. We expect this work to take 5-10 days to complete. During this time, portions of the parking lot will be closed; however, the library will remain open. Signs will be displayed indicating alternate parking areas. 

Thanks for your patience! We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration / Celebración de Herencia Hispana

by: 
Bethany

The 2014 Hispanic Heritage Celebration program at the Belmar Library will educate and entertain family members of all ages by displaying Hispanic Culture in folkloric dance, storytelling, a drumming workshop and library tours. 

Saturday, Sept. 27 

12-1 p.m.
Spanish Storytelling by Library Staff

Performances by:
Foster Elementary Grupo Folclórico
Stein Elementary Ballet Folclórico 

1:15 p.m. 
Drum Circle and Workshop featuring Alfredo Pinto 

Drop In 
Crafts
MakeSomething Demo 

La Celebración de Herencia Hispana 2014 educará y entretendrá a miembros de familia de todas edades a través de bailes folclóricos, un círculo de tambores, cuentistas y giras de la biblioteca. 

Biblioteca Belmar
12-2 p.m. Sabado 27 de septiembre 

12-1 p.m. 
Cuentos por bibliotecarios de JCPL 

Presentaciones por:
Grupo Folclórico de le Escuela Elemental Foster
Ballet Folclórico de la Escuela Elemental Stein 

1:15 p.m. 
Taller de Tambores presentado por Alfredo Pinto 

A través del programa 
Manualidades 
Demonstración MakeSomething

Laughing for a Cause

by: 
Bethany

The Jefferson County Library Foundation will hold its 13th Annual Rare & Novel Night – A Happy, HAPPY Hour at the Lakewood Country Club from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. Tickets are $75 to attend. The event will include live entertainment from humorist Tim Gard, hors d'oeuvres, and silent and live auctions. Guests will have a chance to bid on a condo in Hawaii for one week, a Steamboat Springs condo for a week, challenge races at Bandimere Speedway, rare and vintage books and much more.

Proceeds from the event help support children and teen literacy programs at the Library, such as Summer Reading Club and the Traveling Children's Library.

This night is made possible by the generous support of Bandimere Speedway and the Bandimere Family Foundation, FirstBank, Brookfield Residential, Bryan McFarland and Sundyne.

To make a reservation, contact the Foundation at 303-403-5075 or natalie.martinez@jeffcolibrary.org

Golden Reads Tickets Going Fast

by: 
Bethany

If you just finished Long Man and are wondering if tickets are still available, you're in luck! We still have a limited number of seats for the Sept. 18 Golden Reads event. Get them before they are gone!

Join the conversation at #goldenreads

And if you've already got your tickets, don't forget you can enter to win dinner with Amy Greene for you and a guest prior to the reading. Or, enjoy the food of Smokey J's BBQ and Bakin' Bakery starting at 5 p.m. on 10th St. 

See you there!

Author Adam J. Schrager Visits Wheat Ridge

by: 
Bethany

Wheat Ridge Reads, a citywide book club, is featuring the book The Sixteenth Rail: The Evidence, the Scientist, and the Lindbergh Kidnapping by author and former 9News reporter Adam J. Schrager. The Sixteenth Rail is a compelling true story of forensic science, criminal law and American history.

Jefferson County Public Library and the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission invite you to meet Schrager at our Thursday Morning Book Group at 9 a.m. Sept. 18, where he will discuss his book.

Mr. Schrager will also be at Colorado Plus Brew Pub at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 for a book discussion. 

Hello! It's Nice To Meet You (Again).

by: 
Bethany

Books. Everyone knows the library has them. Have you gone outside your comfort zone and tried all the other resources the library has to offer? We invite you to get Outside the Lines with us next week and try something new. We'll share how each day next week on Facebook and Twitter

Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration, Sept. 14-20, demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Libraries across the country will be engaging with their communities in new and unexpected ways. Stay tuned for how you can participate. 

Celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month with Us

by: 
Bethany

Chances are if you're reading this you already have a library card. You probably even know all the library has to offer. What about your friends and family? 

September is Library Card Sign-up Month – a time when parents and caregivers are reminded that a library card is one of the simplest ways to ensure a child's success. Help us celebrate by sharing the value of a library card with your friends and family. Encourage them to get a card and get a card for their kids. 

Library resources are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can take advantage of materials, programs and services that can support their academic achievement, including online homework help, expert staff, research databases and free tutoring. 

Library cards aren't just a valuable resource for children. People of all ages can benefit from everything that is available from the library from free visits to museums to business help to job search assistance to just plain fun, there are endless possibilities waiting to be discovered at your library. 

Help spread the word. 

 

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