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Author Visit: Mary Stobie


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

Time's Up!


Time’s up! The clock has stopped on Summer Reading 2015. Over the past three months nearly 30,000 people have been reading and logging their time to help us reach our original goal of one million minutes. We met that goal quickly and then watched the minutes grow throughout the summer to over 18 million minutes.

We hope the program helped keep your (or your kids’ and grandkids’) brain engaged and reading. We hope you had a chance to attend a library event or find a new favorite author. Maybe you even won a prize!

But most of all, we wanted you to have fun reading. 

In the coming weeks we’ll be posting a Summer Reading evaluation.  Please spend a few minutes sharing your thoughts and opinions on the program and how we can improve upon it for 2016.

Don't forget to join us for the big "It's a Wrap!" Party on Sunday, August 23 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. It will be a fabulous way to celebrate your reading accomplishments and a wonderful summer.

If you’re interested in receiving information about Summer Reading 2016, sign up for a reminder and we’ll get you added to the list.

Thank you for participating!


Back to School


It is back to school to time for the Jefferson County students. Before long you'll find yourself knee-deep in questions and your kitchen table covered in homework projects.

I thought it might be helpful to share some of the resources we have to help your students succeed in school. Whether they are in elementary school or starting college, we have online homework help, access to free research sites and more. 

Check it out and happy studying!


Time is running out!


Yes, it’s hard to believe that Summer Reading is coming to an end this Friday.  We are so grateful to the 30,000 people who registered and logged their time to help us reach – and exceed – our goal!

When Summer Reading ends, logging minutes will shut down until next year, so be sure to log all of your minutes by Friday, August 14.

With fall coming, our focus is shifting from summer to back-to-school. We’ll be evaluating our program and getting ready for next year.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Log your minutes before midnight, Friday, August 14.
  2. Take a screen shot or print off your reading log. 
  3. Celebrate your accomplishment by downloading the Summer Reading Certificate and fill in your time to share with teachers, friends, and family. 

Thanks for being part of Summer Reading 2015.

It's a Wrap Party and You're Invited


Wrap up your summer reading accomplishments at our celebrity-style “It’s a Wrap!” party.

12–4 p.m. Sunday, August 23
Jefferson County Fairgrounds 
15200 W 6th Ave Frontage Rd., Golden 

This countywide event is the perfect way to wrap up your summer before school activities get too crazy! We’ll have fun activities for all ages, including:

  • Bouncy Castles
  • Top Hogs
  • Folkloric Dancers
  • Live Music
  • Big Trucks
  • Race Cars
  • Bookmobile
  • Mobile Computer Lab
  • Face Painter
  • Side Walk Chalk Art
  • Vendor Booths
  • Kids Crafts
  • Concessions
  • Giant Board Games
  • Book Swap
  • Community Art Project

...And more! Bring a gently used book or two and swap it for another! No need to RSVP, just bring yourself, your smiles, and help us celebrate an incredible summer of reading!

Author Visit: Lost Restaurants of Denver


Do you remember the chile rellenos at Casa Mayan or perhaps the cannolis from Carbones? Join authors Robert and Kristen Autobee for a discussion of Denver's culinary past and their book, Lost Restaurants of Denver. The book is full of success stories and recipies from waitresses, chefs, owners, and suppliers. 

Authors Robert and Kristin Autobee are taking us on a tour down memory lane. Join us and you’ll leave with great memories and a know-how on how to prepare old favorites like the hearty helpings from the Hungry Dutchman or the dainty morsels from the Denver Dry Goods Tearoom.   

Robert and Kristen Autobee
Thursday, August 13     6 p.m.


Finding Time to Read


What’s the last thing you read for fun? A book? A magazine by the pool? Facebook? Make reading a habit by doing it every day!

Yes, it can be difficult to find the time, but it’s also doable with a little extra effort. As a busy parent, I need to get creative with my reading time since I’m usually too tired at the end of the day to sneak it in. One way I sneak in reading is by keeping a book or magazine in the car or on my phone. Did you know you can download magazines and books from our website using your library card? Try it and you’ll always have something available for those times when you find yourself sitting at soccer practice, in between events at a swim or track meet, or waiting for your child in the car. Another idea?  I prop a book on the bathroom sink when I’m drying my hair and easily get in about 10-15 minutes of reading. You can also sneak reading time in by downloading an audiobook and listening to it while you drive or workout.

How do you sneak reading into your daily life? We want to share those ideas with others and keep people reading so we're having a little contest. All you have to do is:

  1. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
  2. Share your secret to sneaking reading for fun into your day with us on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #reason2read.
  3. Check out what other people are posting to learn more secrets to finding time to read.
  4. Wait until August 22nd to see if you’ve won!

We’re giving our winner an awesome Summer Reading prize package consisting of Five Free Entrees to a local restaurant, a coupon for the Fall Whale of a Used Book Sale and some awesome library swag!

Tell us your ideas this week on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #reason2read so others can benefit from your creativity.

#Reason2Read Every Day


There are lots of reasons to make reading part of your life.  Studies have shown that reading can help or maybe event prevent the progress of Alzheimer’s and Dementia since it keeps your brain engaged. Reading can help reduce stress and improve your memory. It can improve focus, concentration and thinking skills. And, it’s free entertainment.

Visit us in person or online and check out all we have to offer – for free! We have nearly every subject you can imagine and we’re constantly getting new books.  You can see what’s on order, download magazines, eBooks, and audiobooks. Or check out movies, books, and audiobooks the traditional way by visiting us in person. We can’t wait to show you our stuff!

Why do you read?  Tell us on your reason on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #reason2read.

What's your family's summer reading goal?


Our friends at Scholastic offer these 9 Tips to Inspire Family Reading and we have some of our own ideas to share:

  • Set a Family Summer Reading goal. Add up all the time your family members have read so far, then set a family goal to strive for during the last four weeks of the program. Decide on a prize for achieving that goal. We have free ice cream cones from McDonald’s for our finishers. Maybe a “Family Ice Cream Night” is a good way to celebrate your summer of reading.
  • Nourish your meal times. Make time to cook and eat together. My family has always enjoyed playing “Spin the Fork” at dinnertime. This family tradition came about when we were frustrated by too many people talking all at once. We simply take a fork, spin it, and whoever the prongs are pointing to gets “uninterrupted” time to share what happened during the day or discuss whatever might seem important at the time. Everybody gets a turn! 
  • Play some Family Karaoke. Whether it’s using a Wii game or just downloading song lyrics, seeing the words and singing them at the same time builds vocabulary.
  • Visit Ask your kids to show you the databases they use in school that are located on our website. Download an e-book. Check out or download an audiobook. Or just snoop around - you may be surprised at what you can find!
  • Make driving fun. You can easily incorporate reading activities on road trips.

Sign up for Summer Reading and Read. Log Minutes. Win Prizes.

Jeffco Readers


As you reach the mid-point of the Summer Reading Challenge, there’s a lot to celebrate!

You’ve helped  Jefferson County reach an initial reading goal of 1,000,001 minutes, then within just a few weeks, hit the revised goal of 10 million minutes. You’ve encouraged your family, friends and coworkers to signup, you’ve logged your time, and maybe you even won a prize.

So let’s change it up a bit and focus on you! What was your Summer Reading goal? Have you also exceeded the number of minutes you aimed to read? Did you already revise and increase your original goal?

If so, it’s time for you to stop by the library and pick up your Finisher Prize for achieving your personal goal – a free ice cream cone (donated by McDonald’s). And if you’re an adult, you get a $3 coupon for the Jefferson County Library Foundation’s Fall Whale Sale.

There’s also a Certificate of Achievement you can download for your children (or even yourself)!  Go ahead! Hang that certificate on your fridge and celebrate your accomplishment.

And keep reading and logging your time. We still have lots of prizes to randomly award to people who continue to log their reading time. Even if you’ve already won once, you can win again!



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