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Snoopy is the Honorary Chair for Library Card Sign-up Month 2015!



September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and we’ve decided to give it a little extra oomph! If you love your library, make sure you have a library card

Snoopy, the world-famous beagle has been known as The Flying Ace, The Masked Marvel, Man’s Best Friend, and the Literary Ace makes his star return when he comes to the big screen in The Peanuts Movie from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios. He is also proudly serving as the American Library Association’s Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month.

Snoopy will be visiting storytimes and joining outreach staff to encourage people to sign up for a library card. He’ll have Snoopy bookmarks and stickers for the little ones, and Love Your Library car window decals and bookmarks for adults, while supplies last.

Upcoming visits:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 16  Standley Lake Story Time - 10:15 and 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16  Arvada Story Time - 12:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 17 Belmar Elementary
  • Saturday, Sept 19  Summerset Festival (Library Booth)
  • Sunday, Sept. 20  Arvada Farmer's Market
  • Monday, Sept. 21  Lakewood Story Time - 10:30, 11, and 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23 Arvada Story Time - 12:15 and 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept 24  Welchester Elementary
  • Sunday, Sept 27 Arvada Farmers Market
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30 Glennon Heights Elementary

Check out some books on Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang.  Schedule subject to change. Please check back regularly.



Movin’ and Groovin with Jefferson County Public Library


It’s time to get on your feet and start moving! Did you know that one of the best ways to help prepare young children to read is through movement and play?

Join Jefferson County Public Library for a special program featuring renowned author and physical activity specialist, Rae Pica, on October 14.  6:30 p.m. and learn what you can do as a parent, family member, teacher, caregiver or child care provider to make moving and playing part of your reading activities.

This event is designed to help us better understand the relationship between physical activity and the brain; the value of play; and how to use movement, play and active learning to nurture a child’s ability to learn to read and think.

Rae’s lively and informative workshops and expertise have been shared with groups such as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, Centers for Disease Control, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues, Gymboree, and state health departments throughout the country. She also served on the task force of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) that created national guidelines for early childhood physical activity.

Rae is the author of 17 books, including Experiences in Movement, Great Games for Young Children, Jump into Literacy, and A Running Start: How Play, Physical Activity, and Free Time Create a Successful Child.

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 14
Lakewood Cultural Center
470 South Allison Parkway
Lakewood, Colorado

The event is free but we encourage you to reserve your seat now!


About the author: 

Rae Pica has been an education consultant, specializing in the development and education of the whole child, active learning, and developmentally appropriate practice, since 1980. She is the author of 19 books, including the award-winning Great Games for Young Children and Jump into Literacy, and her most recent, What If Everybody Understood Child Development? Rae is known for her lively and informative presentations and has shared her expertise with such groups as the Sesame Street Research Department, the Head Start Bureau, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues, and Gymboree. Rae also served on the task force of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) that created national guidelines for early childhood physical activity, blogs for Huffington Post, and is cofounder of BAM Radio Network, the world’s largest online education radio network, where she hosts Studentcentricity, interviewing experts in education, child development, play research, the neurosciences, and more.

Author Visit & Wheat Ridge Reads: Laura Pritchett


Laura Pritchett, author of Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, will be making visiting Wheat Ridge Library on Thursday, September 17 at 9 a.m.

The book was chosen as part of Wheat Ridge Reads,  a citywide book club, sponsored by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission. Presented annually, Wheat Ridge Reads is designed to promote literacy and a shared reading experience throughout the city.

Hell’s Bottom, Colorado is a collection of short, linked stories. Winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize and the PEN USA Award for Fiction, Hell's Bottom, Colorado, focuses on one extended ranching family in Colorado, unfolding the stories of various family members with warmth and gritty reality. On Hell's Bottom Ranch, a section of land below the Front Range, there’s Renny, a women who prefers “a little Hell swirled with her Heaven,” and her husband, Ben, who’s “gotten used to smoothing over Renny’s excesses.” A day of haying turns violent in “A New Name Each Day.” In “Rattlesnake Fire,” Ben and his estranged sister must decide whether to put aside their differences to save families trapped by a forest fire. There is a daughter who plays it too safe and a daughter plagued by only "half-wanting" what life has to offer. In Pritchett’s masterful hands, the western landscape becomes a zone of familial crisis and, sometimes, transcendence. 

Raised on a Colorado ranch, Pritchett is the author/editor of seven books, a writing coach, and an activist. Still a Colorado resident, she is on the faculty at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, and provides one-on-one coaching as well as workshops on a variety of writing topics. She has published more than 100 essays and short stories in magazines (including O Magazine, High Country News, and 5280). She holds a PhD from Purdue University.

9 a.m., Thursday, September 17
Wheat Ridge Library

6 p.m. Wednesday, September 16
Clancy's Irish Pub
7000 W 38th Avenue

Sponsored by the Wheat Ridge Reads and Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission.

Karen, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

I threw around all sorts of ideas for a blog this month: second language resources, school topics, etc...  I will definitely post on those themes another time.  Right now, I just want to have fun!  More importantly, I have come across new 2015 titles about monsters that shouldn't be missed! 

Worst in Show by William Bee 

Funny illustrations and a sweet story about celebrating all kinds of winners.


Five Stinky Socks by Jim Benton 

A rhyming story about why each of his five socks are so STINKY!


The Monsters Under My Bed by Rebecca J. Razo 

Read this bedtime story and learn how to draw monsters!  Monsters won't seem so scary when you draw them as cuddly creatures.  


Tickle Monster by Édouard Manceau 

Like 'Go Away Big Green Monster' by Ed Emberley, kids will love deconstructing this monster with tickles!


Monstruo, ¡Sé Bueno! by Natalie Marshall 

A simple and silly book in español about how to behave or 'comportarse' in different situations.   

There are so many new books with Monster themes for 2015 that I can't share them all here.  A hint: To find more titles on jeffcolibrary.org, type '(Monster 2015) (Children's Easy Collection)' in the search.  Using the parentheses or () is like doing an 'Advanced Search' without the added step!  

Photo credit: Flickr

Tiny Houses


Tiny Houses are catching big attention in Colorado. Learn about the tiny house movement from an organization dedicated to smaller housing alternatives. Barbara Mariner, Live Simply Colorado, discusses what it takes to live tiny, including resources, costs, building know-how, money, land and legal issues.

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 15

2 p.m. Saturday, September 19

Wheat Ridge
6 p.m. Thursday, September 24

2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 26

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 29

2 p.m. Saturday, October 3


Jenny, Golden Library

The nights are getting cooler, aren't they? But the days are HOT! How about some fun places to keep cool during these dog days of summer?

WHERE: Surfside Spray Park
           5330 W 9th Ave (just west of 9th & Sheridan), Lakewood
WHEN:  Aug 22-Sep 6: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
           Labor Day: Mon, Sep 7: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $1 per person (pre-walkers free)

We went to a birthday party at this park a few weeks ago and I was sure the GPS lady had lost her way until we were right on top of this hidden gem. Most of the park is a circle of sprayers of varying height and duration. My boy was enchanted by the aim-able water cannon, naturally. My daughter developed a game where she ran through the whole park without getting wet at all, so it is certainly what you make of it! There is a little-kids area with a water-way and movable obstacles so the children can explore the physics of water. And then they can stand on a fountain! The tables and shelters are set far enough back from the splash pads that you don't HAVE to get wet to have a good time here, although that is kind of the point, isn't it?  Surfside used to be a swimming pool, which is evident from the facilities: lockers! changing areas! multiple stalls! 

WHERE: Ralston Central Park
            5850 Garrison St, Arvada
WHEN:   Splash Pad hours through September 15:  10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

When Ralston Central Park opened last summer, we couldn't wait to go. And neither could anyone else! It was like Thunderdome over there. We went one time, had fun, but the chaos was a bit much for me. It's still a very popular park, but it's calmed down a bit. I really like the layout of this park: there's a traditional, vaguely "Swiss Family Robinson" themed playground that's separate from the splash park - so, like at Surfside, you don't HAVE to get wet. The splash park has features for all ages: plenty of shade and tables for parents/caregivers; tall leaf-shaped showers, and buckets that dump for big kids; fountains that shoot up from the ground and cascade down from about 3ft for our littlest friends. The facilites are new, and - as far as park facilities go - delightful.

WHERE: Discovery Park
            3701 Johnson St (38th & Kipling), Wheat Ridge
WHEN:   Park hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
            Splash Pad hours May 1 - September 30: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

I confess, Discovery is my favorite park right now. It has lots of little environments so it feels like more than one park. The splash pad is user-generated: if you want to get wet, you must stomp on the in-ground "buttons." My little one doesn't care for surprises, so she likes that she has some control over whether or not she gets soaked. Up the hill on the south east side of the park is a meandering "stream" for ankle-deep wading and paddling. There's a toddler playground near the splash pad, and a big kids playground across the way. There's a skatepark, a sculpture park with a "secret" tube slide, and even a dedicated sandbox (with water feature) for [getting really filthy] an extra special sensory experience. A bonus for Discovery Park is that there's a Port-o-Let available year round. I know, gross, but in Colorado it's a shame the bathrooms at most parks are only available during the summer. We like to be outside when the weather's nice - even in February, and when you gotta go...

I hope you've had an amazing summer. Stay cool, Jeffco!


Photo credits: Surfside - Design Concepts Community and Landscape Architects; Ralston Central Park - Westword.com; Discovery Park - Bobby T. at Yelp.com


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.


Karen, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

As a kid, there was always a cetain feeling of dread combined with excitement when the summer came to a close and my mom and I would go 'back to school' shopping. Whether heading to the first day of preschool or the first day of second grade, I always had butterflies in my stomach and trouble sleeping the night before. Reflecting on my experiences as a child and as a teacher, I thought I would share some books to help prepare your little one for the first day in a classroom or daycare.  I also included a few titles to make your elementary or middle school bound child laugh or feel a sense of ease about the upcoming school year.  

A cute board book for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners.  

See how Dino wins each "match".  


Daddy doesn't stick to the list in this funny story.  

A new book about overcoming elementary school bullies with a great attitude. 

Number 7 in James Patterson's popular middle school series.  This book will have boys and girls ages 9 and up laughing!


Image credit: Flickr



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