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Painting a Story with Words

by: 
Bethany

Can writing really be compared to painting? You'd be surprised.

Novelist Elizabeth Wrenn, author of Around the Next Corner, will illustrate how writers make a myriad of choices on every page, and why. From the detail work of a stippling brush (word choice), to the broader strokes of large brushes (plot, character, dialogue, setting), to the frame surrounding it all (beginning, middle, end), writers must use all the tools in their kit.

This hands-on workshop, presented by 40 West Arts and the Lakewood Library, will share practical tips and techniques for more effective writing.

1 p.m. Sunday, June 9
40 West Arts
1560 Teller St. 

by: 
Rachel, Standley Lake

Check out the Culture Passes from the library!

Did you know that you can get free tickets for your family to visit a variety of fun locations around town?  You can, just by having a library card!  Use Culture Passes to reserve tickets to all kinds of fun places including:

Denver Firefighters Museum
Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
Dinosaur Ridge
Golden History Museums
History Colorado Center
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Platte Valley Trolley
The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum

Using the library's Culture Passes is a great way to spend some quality time as a family, enjoy local attractions, try something new, learn and have fun all for free!  Reserve yours today!

by: 
Katie, Arvada Library

HHhH by Laurent Binet 

A New York Times notable book for 2012, HHhH is a fast paced, thrilling and historically accurate novelization of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich.  Known as "The Butcher of Prague," Heydrich was feared for his cruelty (he helped mastermind the final solution) which, combined with his Aryan features made him a rising star in Hitler's cabinet.  Many historians believe he would have eventually succeeded Hitler as Führer.  HHhH also tells the story of the Czech and Slovak fighters who trained for and successfully completed the mission in May 1942.  These two stories take turns amongst the author's personal musings about the art of writing historical fiction.  The short but meaty chapters keep the reader entertained and eager for each successive page.

 

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Kristin, Columbine Library

The Salida Circus is coming to Jefferson County!  The Scarlet Sisters, Colorado's favorite circus sisters have been summoned to your library to do some digging into books and they need your help!  On a search to find the moral of the story, the Scarlets meet Curious George, the Runaway Bunny, Frog and Toad and other classic storybook characters!

This interactive circus show is ideal for ages 3-12.

Check our event calendar to see when the Circus is coming to YOUR library! 

It's Here!

by: 
Bethany

Summer Reading Club officially begins today! Get your daubers out and starting marking off those bingo squares - getting your first bingo will get you a free book and the chance to win a Kindle! Keep going to get additional coupons. And, don't forget to come see the plethora of fun events we've got going all summer long for Kids and Teens.

by: 
Pennie, Wheat Ridge

It’s Summer Reading Club time at the Library!  Adults can join their very own club:  Groundbreaking Reads.  This year participants will complete a bingo card.  Complete your first bingo and you earn a certificate for a free book from the Library Foundation’s book sale.  You can complete up to 4 bingos and each one will put you in the drawing for the grand prize – a Kindle Fire (drawing will be held on Aug 15).

To sign up visit us online or at any Jefferson County Library location.

Parents be sure to sign up your kids and teens for the Summer Reading Club too.  This year we have added a program just for the youngest library users that focuses on early literacy.  The children's theme is Dig into Reading and they get to play bingo too!

Bingo! Summer Reading Club Starts on Saturday!

by: 
Bethany

The Summer Reading Club officially begins on Saturday, June 1! Have you signed up yet? If not, get moving!

This year, bingo is the name of the game. Just follow the instructions on each square to get a free book and other cool prizes, including the chance to win a Kindle!

There are great programs for kids to Dig Into - reptiles, rabbits, wolves, dinosaurs and more. And teens can go Beneath the Surface with ghost hunting, underground gastronomy and body art.

And adults...don't fret, you can take part in SRC too! Keep up with your bingo card and you'll have multiple chances to win a Kindle too!

 

Library Foundation Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

by: 
Bethany

The Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) recently recognized three outstanding volunteers for their contributions to Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL).

Tim O'Neil, of Wheat Ridge, received the JCPL Leadership Award from Library Executive Director Pam Nissler, recognizing a volunteer who embodies a spirit of selfless dedication and commitment to JCPL. 

 

 

Linda Abbott, of Lakewood, received the Elena Joyce Grissom Lifetime Service Award from Foundation Executive Director Natalie Martinez, recognizing a volunteer whose enduring contributions of time and talent have had a significant impact at JCPL and JCLF.

 

Additionally, Marilyn Shupbach, a Wheat Ridge Library volunteer, received the Volunteer of the Year award, recognizing a volunteer whose contributions of time and talent over the past year have had a positive impact on the quality of programs at JCPL.

Congratulations to these outstanding volunteers!

Alter a Book Into a Work of Art

by: 
Bethany

Sure, many books are considered works of art in a literary sense, but have you ever considered turning a book into something else? A sculpture, a painting, a frame, a collage? Something else perhaps? Now's your chance to unleash the creativity of your inner artist!

The Lakwood Library held an Altered Book Contest that ended June 3. Entries are on display at the library and a special ceremony will be held on June 5, when three winners will be announced. There will be a teen competition for ages 12-17 and an adult competition for those who are 18 and older.

 

Swim in a Sea of Books

by: 
Bethany

The Friends of the Jefferson County Public Library's Spring Whale of a Used Book Sale splashes down at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds May 31-June 2. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

And for the first time at the Spring Sale, the Friends Preview Night will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30 and is open to Friends members only. Join today or join at the door.

You'll be swimming in more than 100,000 books, CDs, DVDs, videos, audiobooks with prices ranging from 50 cents to $2.50 on most items. Sunday is Bag Day where for just $6 you can stuff as many items as you can fit in a grocery size bag

For more information or to volunteer, call 303-403-5075 or email friends@jeffcolibrary.org.

As always, proceeds benefit children and teen literacy programs at JCPL, including Summer Reading Club.

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