Nov. 26 & 27 - All libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving.


Thanksgiving Fun


Give thanks for things to do at your library

Here comes Thanksgiving week, everybody! The kids are out of school and we’re all excited for the feast. If you’re searching for fun activities to keep the family entertained, look no further than the following Jeffco Library locations. 


Thanksgiving Week Fun - Paint it! Kids age 5 and up can stop by and get creative with this exciting hands-on paint project!

  • 1 - 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23

Family Movie Night-Pocahontas (G) 85 minutes. Join us for a special Thanksgiving week family movie night! Rediscover the Disney movie Pocahontas (1995), which was awarded two Oscars, for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score and Best Original Song for "Colors of the Wind."

  • 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24

Thanksgiving Week Fun - Craft it! Kids age 5 and up can stop by to get crafty and make something unique!

  • 1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.25

Teen Time: Book Pumpkins. It may be a few days after Thanksgiving, but hey, why not get a start on next year's decorations?! It's never too late to make a book pumpkin. Although if you wanna be "seasonal" with it, I suppose you could make a book snowman...

  • 4 - 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30



Star Wars Fun Parties. There will be activities, crafts, treats and adventures. Come in costume on if you'd like to add to the fun!

  • 3 - 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23
  • 3 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24
  • 3 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25



Turkey Tuesday. Gobble! Gobble! We'll have turkey-themed storytimes, build-a-turkey- LEGO time, and a movie - An American Tail (Rated G). Drop in for some fun.

  • 12:30 p.m. -- All Ages, Turkey Storytime and Craft
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. -- LEGO Turkey Time
  • 3 p.m. - Movie: An American Tail
  • 7 p.m. - Family Night Turkey Storytime and Craft


Standley Lake

Matinee Madness – “Terminator: Genisys”: Prepare your best Arnold Schwarzenegger imitation and watch as John Connor is bound to safeguard the future, sending Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor. It wouldn't be a blockbuster without an unexpected turn of events, though, so come see what happens. We’ll have popcorn and lemonade. Bring a pillow if you’re a floor-sitter. PG-13. Run time is 119 min.

  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21


Know when to fold 'em with LOL (Lakewood Origami Lovers). Fold some spectacular shapes. It's easier than it looks! Drop-ins welcome & paper provided. Newbies to origami are welcome as we will have a guided project. More advanced crafters are also welcome to come and work on their own projects, collaborate or teach others. Ages 12+ Children under 8 may attend with an adult.

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21


Anna, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

I recently heard Rae Pica speak on the importance of moving while learning. This is active learning; engaging the body and mind. Research shows children learn best when they experience new ideas and concepts through play and movment. In an article Pica wrote titled In Defense of Active Learningshe explains that moving our bodies helps activate our brains. She had a few cute pre-writing movement ideas I thought would be fun to do at home with your little ones. 

- Hand and Finger Activities: Sing "Open, Shut Them". Many libraries sing this song to begin their Storytimes. This song activates the brains of our babies, toddlers, and preschoolers as they practice their hand-eye coordination; a must-have pre-writing skill.  

- Sky Writers: Use your index finger to "write" a letter, word, or a name in the sky. This will help your child practice the feeling of straight and curvy. You could take this a step further and pretend to put your sky writer in your belly button or on the tip of your nose while writing the word in the air. Kids love the belly button writer and it's super cute to watch too! 

- The Above, Below, and On movement: Tape a line on the floor, use the straight edge of a rug or strech a ribbon across the floor and jump above the line, below the line, or on the line. This will help your child understand where to start and where to finish writing lower case and upper case letters. After playing this game, practice writing letters, words, or names on paper. 

- Build a Story: Start a story and take turns adding to the plot creating the beginning, middle, and end of a story. For example, you could start this activity by saying, " Once there was a dog who..." and let your child add the next idea. Then you, or another family member contributes the following part of the story. This activity demonstrates the beginning, middle, and end of a story. It's a great way to pass the time in the car too! 

-The Mirror Game: This game is important for replicating what the eye sees. This replication is what learning to write is all about. Stand infront of your child and take turns mimicing each others' movements. You and your child should try to move as if you were seeing a reflection of yourself in the mirror. Lucy does it best in this video clip below. Lucy is a crack up and I think this should have you and your child smiling too! Go ahead, throw on that Halloween costume while you do this! 

Come to one of our 'Movin and Grovin' Fests'. The next fest is this Saturday, October 24th, at the Arvada Library and the Evergreen Library from 11:00am-4:00pm. We will have crafts! 

Photo Credit: Neville Nel

Superhero Training Academy


Calling all Superheroes! It’s time to decide if you’re a bird, a plane or… [make something up!].

Visit your favorite library to enroll in Superhero Training Academy. Enjoy heroic stories and create your own identity. Make a costume and start training for super exploits. Hang out and compare your super power with other superheroes too. Who knows, you could save the world!

Registration is required. Free tickets available one week before the program at or call 303-235-5275 (JCPL).

Ages 5 -10

5 p.m. Tuesday, October 20 – Edgewater

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Golden

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Evergreen

6:30 p.m.  Tuesday, October 27 - Arvada

3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29 – Belmar

3:30 p.m. Friday, November 13 - Standley Lake 

6 p.m. Monday, November 16 – Columbine


Keep on Movin’ and Groovin’


We hope you were able to attend our special program featuring renowned author and physical activity specialist, Rae Pica, on October 14. Whether or not you were there, now it's time to put her suggestions into play. Literally!

Rae Pica shared with us how parents, families, teachers, caregivers and childcare providers can help our kids be ready to read by understanding 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.

To keep things moving, we’re hosting Movin' & Groovin' Fests in the coming weeks. Learn how to make fun movement/play objects from everyday materials. It's a wonderful way to help you baby, toddler and preschool get ready to read. 

Bring the kids and join the fun at one of our Movin' & Groovin' Fests. You'll realize why Rae Pica believes, that children "...don't exist only from the neck up. They are thinking, feeling, moving human beings who learn through all their senses."

Unless otherwise noted, Fests are held from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, October 17: Golden and Lakewood

Saturday, October 24: Arvada and Evergreen

Saturday, November 7: Edgewater (2-4 p.m.), Standley Lake, Columbine

Saturday, November 14: Belmar, Conifer, Wheat Ridge


Author Visit - Cynthia Swanson


Colorado author Cynthia Swanson is coming to Arvada Library to discuss her debut novel, The Bookseller. The Library Journal describes her book as “a stunner of a debut novel, astonishingly tight and fast paced. The 1960s tone is elegant and even, and Kitty's journey is intriguing.”

Set in Denver in the 1960s, the story features Kitty who runs a local bookstore with her best friend when she finds the line between her reality and dreams blurred.

Swanson is a student of the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop and lives in Washington Park with her husband and three children.  

6:30 p.m.  
Tuesday, August 4
Arvada Library

Starting or Growing Your Business


We are proud to be partnering with the Jefferson County Business Resource Center to help our business community. We have two special programs coming your way.

Starting a Business

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19

We are proud to host the Jefferson County Small Business Resource Center for a seminar on Sarting a Business. Come and hear an overview on the simple steps you need to take for success.  The class covers commonly asked questions including:  how to do a trade name search; choosing the right legal structure; registering with the state; local licensing requirements; business planning process; and options for financing your business.


Arvada Library

Boost Your Business with ReferenceUSA 

Information is the key to a successful business.  Join us for an overview of ReferenceUSA, the leading provider of business and consumer research. Reference USA helps users create marketing plans, conduct competitive analysis, raise funds and locate customers and is available for free with your Jeffco Public Library card. This program is co-sponsored by the Jefferson County Business Resource Center.


4:30 p.m.  Wednesday, May 20

Belmar  Library




Arvada After Dark


Are normal Scrabble letters just too small for you?  Have you  dreamt of connecting FOUR in a big way?  Do you secretly long to be a hippo?  Then join us for Arvada After Dark THIS FRIDAY and make all your GIANT game dreams come true!  We will be playing oversized versions of some of our favorite games, including a Human Hungry, Hungry Hippo game similar to THIS.

That’s right, Teens. Be. The. Hippo.

Friday, April 24 @ 6:00 PM

Registration Required.

Saturday Morning Pajama Flicks!


There’s nothing better than a lazy Saturday morning – except, a lazy Saturday morning watching a movie with friends in your pajamas!  Join us each month at 10:15 a.m. at the Arvada Library for a family friendly flick.  Movie titles vary and sometimes we add a craft!

  • May 02
  • June 13
  • July 25
  • September 26
  • October 17
  • December 19


PAWS for Reading Program Expands


Do you have a new or reluctant reader in your family? If so, we have just the program for you! Our very popular PAWS for Reading program -- which started at the Golden Library last year -- is now available at libraries throughout Jefferson County!

We're partnering with the Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program to give young readers the encouragement they need to improve their reading skills. In this program, we invite kids to read to trained therapy dogs. Research has shown that these programs are particularly helpful for reluctant readers. They tend to be much more comfortable reading to dogs because there’s no stress and no judgment. And parents have reported that children participating in the program turn to reading more at home, show a greater willingness to read aloud at school, and are more disposed to venturing into increasingly difficult reading materials.

Registration is required for these programs; to register, call 303-235-5275 or ask staff for details.

Arvada Library
11 a.m., second and third Saturday of the month

Columbine Library
1 p.m., first and second Saturday of the month

Conifer Library
The Confier PAWS for Reading program has been terminated due to low attendance.

Evergreen Library
1 p.m., fourth Saturday of the month

Standley Lake Library
4 p.m., third Thursday of the month

Spring Break Fun


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

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!
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


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