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Meet Love-Your-Library Winner Tara Castillo

by: 
Rebecca

Our love letter campaign was a huge success!  We had eighty entries, and frankly, they were all really good. You are all incredible writers! Thank you for your participation and all the lovely letters.

We couldn’t select a top ten – there were too many fabulous letters, so we narrowed it down to 20 and drew the winner’s name from that “hat.”  I’m pleased to announce that the gift card goes to Arvada Library patron Tara Castillo. You can read her letter below.

We’ll also be posting excerpts from your letters on our blog and social media channels, so keep an eye out. There’s a strong likelihood you’ll recognize the postings!

Thanks again for participating in this campaign with us. We love our patrons, too!

Tara's Letter:

"Dear Library:

I wanted to write you a love letter to say, “Thank You!!!”

You helped me become a better (more sane) mom.  You helped me make new friends and join some “mommy groups”.

I am a mid-thirties first-time mom.  I transitioned from working 50-hour work weeks to staying home with my son.  I had a rough couple of months to start out.  I was so scared and didn’t think that I was really cut out to be a mom.  One day, I was talking to my cousin, who said that she just returned from storytime at the library with her son.  I thought, well if her library has storytime, I bet mine does too.  So, I looked into it and sure enough, there was storytime, more specifically, baby storytime.  I was so excited to get out of the house and participate in this activity with my son. 

We went to baby storytime and it was absolutely incredible.  My son and I loved it very much.  I was so excited to learn the songs and rhymes so that I could sing them at home as well, as up to this point, I knew very few.  We traveled around the libraries closest to our home: Arvada, Wheat Ridge, and Standley Lake.  (Arvada is our favorite!) 

We met other stay-at-home moms there as well.  I even joined a group of moms to do activities with outside of the library.  We also enjoy the location and love walking around Olde Town Arvada. 

Thanks to the time spent in the library, my son is very social and enjoys being around other babies.  He loves the songs and rhymes.  This is a wonderful setting to expose him to music, rhythms, rhymes, language, movement, and a start to literacy. 

Thank you, again, Library, for everything that you do and for everything that you will do in the future for my family.  We look forward to seeing you often!"

Spring Break Fun

by: 
cindy

Spring break fun is just around the corner! Drop in for any of these programs and make it a great spring break!

At Columbine Library:

Recycle It!
12:30 – 7 pm  Monday, March 23
Create something crafty using recycled materials. Ages: K – 5th.

LEGO Club!
12:30 – 5 p.m.  Tuesday, March 24
Join us for a special edition of the monthly LEGO Club. Open to builders of all ages! Stick to the theme or build your own creation to tell us a story.

Fold It!
12;30 – 4:30 p.m.  Wednesday, March 25
Create your favorite origami pieces. Ages: K - 5th.

Paint It!
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Thursday, March 26
Create an exciting art project. K – 5th.

Game It!
12:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Friday, March 27
Play a new or classic board game. Ages: K – 5th.

Grow It!
12:30 – 7 p.m.  Monday, March 30
Plant your very own chia pet. Take it home and watch it grow. PLEASE BRING A SOCK FOR THIS PROJECT.  Ages: K – 5th.

At Arvada Library:

Join us for movies, LEGOs, and learning how to craft lights for our bikes!

Movie: Big Hero 6
1 p.m. Monday. March 23

LEGO Play
1 p.m.  Tuesday, March 24

Make Something: Bike Lights
1 p.m.  Thursday, March 26

Movie: Boxtrolls
1 p.m.  Friday, March 27

Live Action Minecraft
6 p.m.  Friday, March 27

At Standley Lake Library:

Standley Lake Scribes
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21
All writer’s welcome; this creative writing group focuses on fun challenges and group play! Grades: 5th – 12th
 
Movie: The Boxtrolls
2 p.m. Wednesday, March 25
All ages welcome!
 
Movie: Into the Woods
2 p.m. Friday, March 27
All ages welcome!
 
LEGO CLUB
1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 28
In the teen room! Grades: 5th – 12th
 
Teen Yoga & Craft
2 – 3 pm Sunday, March 21
Grades: 5th – 12th

Spring Break Movies

by: 
cindy

Join us for popcorn and movies at Lakewood Library. 

Showing:  Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.

5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25

Showing: Boxtrolls (PG)
A young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator.

2 p.m. Saturday, March 28

Lakewood Library

Prom Swap is On

by: 
cindy

Thank you, Jefferson County! Your generosity is enabling Prom Swap to go on. We received hundreds of dress donations and now we're ready for our teens to either swap their dress for new-to-them dresses, or they “buy” something with canned goods.  Prom Swap items "cost" an equal trade, or five cans per dress, two for shoes, one per accesssory. Donations benefit Florence Crittenton High School and the Jeffco Action Center.    

12 noon  Sunday, March 15, 2015
Belmar Library

12 - 4:45 p.m. Saturday, March 28
Columbine Library

 

 

The Basics: Alzheimer's

by: 
cindy

Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older. But Alzheimer's is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer's (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, come learn the facts. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association, this program provides information on detection, risk factors, stages of the disease, treatments and more.  This free class requires registration.

2 p.m.  Friday, March 27

Lakewood Library

March Madness Book Sale - March 6 - 8

by: 
cindy

Here’s your chance to come on out and get some books!  All fiction hardbacks are just $1.  Sunday is Bag Day and for just $6 you can fill a grocery-sized bag with as many books as you can fit inside.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7
12 – 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8

Arvada Library

For more information call 303.403.5075.

 

Arvada Historian Discusses Book - Legendary Locals of Arvada

by: 
cindy

The Arvada Library is proud to host third-generation Arvadan and local historian, Tanya Long, for a discussion and signing of her new book, Legendary Locals of Arvada.

Unique characters have always made up the landscape of Arvada. Pioneers, ranchers and farmers, business leaders, community-minded individuals, doctors, sports figures, and even a Broadway star have all called home the city on a bluff overlooking Clear Creek. Benjamin Wadsworth was not only one of Arvada’s founding fathers but also the town’s first postmaster, and he donated many parcels of land for schools and churches to be built in the burgeoning town. Lloyd King, in 1947, opened the first King Soopers grocery store in Arvada. From this one small market grew an empire of more than 100 King Soopers stores in Colorado. Popular radio personality Irv Brown is known as “Denver’s go-to guy” for sports talk. Brown coached at Arvada High School during the 1960s, leading the Redskins to 10 conference football titles and one state championship. And two-time Cy Young Award–winner Roy Halladay honed his baseball skills in Arvada as a youth. The starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies graduated from Arvada West High School in 1995. From Louis Ralston’s discovery of gold in 1850 along the creek that bears his name, to the present day sprawling suburb, Arvada’s people have helped make the town a jewel of the Centennial State.

Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.  

Arvada Library

 

Golden Remodel Coming Soon!

by: 
Cindy

Exciting things are underway at the Golden Library as remodel construction is set to begin March 20 to provide Jefferson County’s first 21st century library.

The library will be closed from March 20 through June 11 to accommodate the construction and library staff members are busy making alternative service arrangements for Golden residents.  

Beginning March 1, you can check out the new floorplan and photos of new furniture and fixtures at a display outside the Golden Library. The new design reflects input received from Golden residents at community meetings held last summer. Here are some things you can expect to see:

• A larger, more open children’s area, with a “literacy playscape” to encourage informal learning during play;
• A larger teen area, equipped with enhanced technology;
• Updated technology in the public access area;
• Enhanced technology in the meeting room, to support public presentations;
• More informal spaces for community interaction and exchange, including a community living room (with a fireplace!);
• A large quiet area;
• A study room; and
• An opening day collection, with more of the materials residents are requesting.

While we hate to close the library, we’re doing our best to maintain our most popular services during the construction period.

The cost of the remodel project is being shared by the City of Golden and Jefferson County Public Library.

The library – with a fresh, new look -- is expected to reopen at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 12. For interim updates on the construction and information on where to find alternative services and programs, visit jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel.

A Fancy Nancy Tea Party

by: 
Cindy

The Golden Library cordially requests your presence for an afternoon fete. That's a fancy way of saying, “We’re having a tea party and you're invited!” Dress up in your fanciest clothes, bring a parent and join us for tea, snacks and fun! For ages 6-11. Registration required. (Sorry, this program is now full.)

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 24
Golden Library

 

Last Chance to Write Us a Love Letter

by: 
Rebecca

We've been getting wonderful love letters from patrons.

Here are a few excerpts:

"...Through you and your stories, I have learned about myself and the world around me, excelled in nearly every area of school, and grown up inside your walls. Reading has always, and forever will be, a part of my life thanks to you. And for this reason I can say without any shame, regret, or self loathing, that I love reading, and I LOVE YOU. YES YOU. I am who I am today because of you and I would never want to be anyone else."      -- Aspen B.

"...When I ask my 5 year grandson if he wants to go to the library....he always says with excitement....YES! He will always comment when we pass the library, "there's MY library". He knows where the frog is, knows that he can add to the libraries decorations by going to the craft table.....he knows his library is a special place for movies and books. He enjoys looking down tunnel to watch returned items cascade down belt, as he encourages me to watch them disappear, simple pleasure of sharing. How many of us get excited as we check out books all stacked together as the machine magically gives him each name..another simple pleasure of his. Yes, we big people sometimes overlook the simple pleasures in life that can be found at the library. Thanks to MY library..."      -- Ines B.

"...I've never done this before. Written a love letter, I mean. You have done so much for me, whether it be self esteem help, new friendships, or help at school. Self image. A prominent part in any girl's life (and guys, too...) The books you have can range from non-fiction, to fantasy, to realistic fiction and so on. These books show normal chracaters changing the world. Even science books. I read them and realize that someone out there discovered the law of gravity, or a certain type of fish, even. These books prove that we, as people, can do anything. That, I think, is an important thing for everyone to know -- including myself. Because of you, I am happier, stable and much more confident...."    -- Lily Stensland

I could go on and on. The submissions have all been great.

But what about you? Has the library changed your life, not only by introducing you to a love of reading, but on a more practical level? There's still time to share your story! Send us your love letter by the close of business on Feb. 14. The top ten letters will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 gift card, compliments of the Library Foundation.

Send your letter to:

Communications, 10200 W. 20th, Lakewood, CO 80215
or
rebecca.winning@jeffcolibrary.org
or
leave it with your local librarian.

Letters must be received by close on business on Feb. 14, and the winner will be announced March 1.

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