Teen Writing Group


Do you have the write stuff? A passion for the pen? Are you already working on your first novel or fanfic? Or is poetry your thing? Whatever your writing interest, the Teen Writing Group is for you. This monthly workshop offers the chance to share your writing, get feedback from like-minded peers, sharpen your skills, and discuss a variety of topics. Use your words!

4:00 p.m. Monday, November 2

4:00 p.m. Monday, December 7


Grades 6 - 12

William, Teen Contributor

Come to a wonderful  tea party… Or should I say ScArY PArTy? Come join us for a very happy un-birthday at the Golden Library after hours to solve a Murder Mystery. The characters from Alice IN Wonderland come and have some tea with cookies. Suddenly one of the characters Drops to the floor in misery… THEN THE CHARACTER DIES ON THE FLOOR… Find out who killed the character by asking other characters and finding clues around the library and find the MURDERER!!!

Friday Oct. 23, 6-9 PM

Golden Library

Costumes required, cosplay encouraged



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


Twisted Tales: A Murder in Wonderland


There’s been a murder in Wonderland and you need to solve it. Don’t be late for this very thrilling date. Murder Mystery written and performed by teens.

Costumes required, cosplay encouraged. Register now!

6 p.m. Friday, October 23 

Golden Library

Grades 6 – 12

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.

Jenny, Golden Library


We're back! Yay!

And we hope you'll join us for storytime!

You may have heard that Golden storytimes require registration now - and that's true - but we've streamlined the process to make it easy for you. Here's how:

Registration opens one week in advance for all storytimes. You can register online, in-person at the library, or by calling us at 303-235-5275. If you pre-register, your space will be reserved for you - just check in at the registration table in the children's area to claim your spot.

If you're hesitant about registering because you're just not sure how your morning will go - fear not! If you don't come, and people are waiting 5 minutes after storytime begins - we'll give them your spot. No worries. 

If you don't pre-register - please join us anyway! Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Since we've reopened, we have usually had space for drop-ins. However, if storytime happens to be full, the library is still a really fun place to be. You can snuggle with a good book, cook a meal in the play kitchen or get a head start on the storytime craft!


Coming down the home stretch in the Golden Library remodel


The major construction elements for the project are complete, painting is done and the new carpet is installed. We can see the finishing touches that indicate the library’s re-opening is quickly approaching – most notably the furniture that is being installed. We can see things come to life that we’ve only imagined on paper up to this point.

As we gear up to re-open the library, we will be winding down the alternative services we’ve been offering in the community. The last storytime at the Golden Community Center was May 30 and the final bookmobile stop will be June 9. It’s been fun to see you, our Golden patrons, during the closure and it will be even better to see you in the new library space once we re-open.

We will open on Saturday, June 13 at 10 a.m. and are very excited to share this updated library with the community. The grand-opening celebration is Sunday, June 14, noon-5 p.m. There will be refreshments, the Summer Reading REaD carpet and more. We hope to see you there!

For updates on the final stages of the remodel visit

Countdown: Golden Library Grand Reopening


The Golden Library will reopen for business at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13. In addition, we're hosting a Grand Reopening Celebration from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 14.

In advance of the opening, alternative services offered by the Golden Library are winding down:

•    The Bookmobile will make its last stop at the Golden Library parking lot from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9;

•    Children’s Storytimes offered at the Golden Community Center will end on May 30. They will resume at the Golden Library meeting room beginning Wednesday, June 17. Due to meeting-room space constraints, patrons will need to register for storytimes in advance. Registrations open one week prior to scheduled storytimes and may be made online at, by phone at 303-235-5275, and in-person at any library.

•    Teen Advisory Board meetings will move back to the Library from the Golden High School Library for the July meeting at 4 p.m., July 8.

•    DIY Explorers Club meetings will move back to the Golden Library from the Golden High School Library for the June meeting at 4 p.m. on June 18.

•    The Adult Book Group will move back to the Golden Library from Starbuck’s for the June meeting at 6 p.m. on June 18.

•    The Young Readers Fun Club will move back to the Golden Library from Astor House for the June meeting at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24.

Mark your calendars and be sure to save the dates!

Click here for additional information on the Golden Library remodel.

Create a Living Legacy with the Golden Library Remodel


Would you like to show your support of the Golden Library in a very visible and enduring way? The Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) is now accepting donations from individuals to support enhancements to the Golden Library and its amenities.

Patrons or residents who donate between $100 - $5,000 will be recognized on the Golden Library’s donor wall and in the Library and Library Foundation’s annual report.

You can donate online at, or send your contribution to:

Jefferson County Library Foundation
ATTN: Golden Library Remodel
10790 W. 50th Avenue, Suite 200
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Be sure to note that your contribution is for the Golden Library remodel.

While you're at it, save the date for the Library's Grand Reopening Celebration:

Noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday, June 14


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