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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 jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel.

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 jeffcolibrary.org/events, 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 jeffcolibrary.org/donate, 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

Jenny, Golden Library

Dear Babies, Kids, and Caregivers,  

You are cordially invited to attend our storytimes at the Golden Community Center

Miss Sarah and Miss Shannon will be delighted to see your shining faces again on Wednesday mornings for Baby Time at 10:15am, followed by Toddler Time at 11:00am. The Community Center's Open Swim starts at 11:00am on Wednesdays, so you could even follow up those rhymes, stories, dances and bubbles with a splash in the pool or a romp around Lion's Park

On Saturday mornings at 10:30am, Miss Sarah and Miss Jenny would love to see you at our All Ages storytime! We'll also have stories, dances, rhymes and bubbles, followed by a simple craft or coloring. It doesn't seem like it now, but it's getting warmer and a picnic lunch in the park would be just perfect after practicing our school-readiness - listening, cooperating, and following-instructions - skills at storytime, don't you think?

Storytimes are FREE at the Community Center - if you'd like to stick around for a swim, admission rates vary by age and City of Golden residency status.

We miss your faces! Come see us soon!

Photo credits: flickr ThomasLife & the City of Golden 

Construction at the Golden Library has begun


After several months of planning, construction at the Golden Library has begun. In order to get to work, the collection and shelves have been removed for safekeeping. Before closing, a patron shared a tale of roller skating in the building when it was the town’s recreation center; and with all the shelves removed, it looks like we could bring roller skating back.

It’s amazing to see concepts drawn on a floor plan come to life as old walls are removed, new ones added and the structure begins to take shape. We are eagerly anticipating the opening date in June when we can share with you the new space and come together to connect, discover and create at the library.

In the meantime, we love seeing you at the bookmobile stops on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as the programs held at various places in the community. For interim updates on the construction and information on where to find alternative services and programs, visit jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel.


Samson Energy Donates $5,000 to Golden Library


We just got news from the Jefferson County Library Foundation that Samson Energy LLC is supporting a naming opportunity in conjunction with the upcoming remodel of the Golden Library! Samson Energy’s $5,000 donation will support the addition of a fireplace in the library’s new community living room.

In the photo above, Carroll Mannino, Golden library manager, Andy Eltiste, Samson Energy's manager of the Rocky Mountain Region, and Pam Nissler, executive director, JCPL, celebrate the donation. They're all smiling because Samson Energy's contribution will enable JCPL to offer the community a wonderful amenity that wasn't covered in the original remodel budget.

Thanks, Samson Energy!

Golden Library: Holds & Pickups



With the Golden Library now closed for remodeling, here is some important information regarding how to place and pickup holds.

The Bookmobile will visit the Golden Library parking lot three times a week (on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays). During these bookmobile stops you will be able to pick up your holds, check out new items, and return items. All items currently on hold that are not picked up by the close of business on March 19 will be transferred automatically to the Golden Bookmobile stop, unless you change the pickup location. To place a hold, choose “Golden Bookmobile” as your pickup location in the catalog requests.  You can change the pickup location online in My Account or by calling 303-235-5275.

Bookmobile Visits:

Golden Library Parking Lot
12-4 p.m. Sundays
6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • You can have current and future holds delivered to the Golden Bookmobile stop by choosing "Golden Bookmobile" as your pickup location. Or, you can have your holds delivered to an alternative library location.
  • Items will be held for seven days. If you have items that are “Ready for Pick-Up” at the Golden Bookmobile stop but are unable to make it, please call 303-235-5275 and staff will be able to assist you with extending the time.
  • Library book drops will be closed. You may return items to the Golden Bookmobile stop or an alternative library location.

If you have other questions relating to your holds please speak with a staff member at the Golden Library or call 303-235-5275.

Create a Lasting Legacy with the Golden Library Remodel

Rebecca Winning

Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) and Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) are teaming up to offer naming opportunities in conjunction with the Golden Library remodel.  Library patrons can help to provide 21st-century library services in the Golden community, while ensuring that their generosity will be recognized for years to come.

Multiple naming opportunities are available, enabling donors to pay tribute to their relationship with the Golden Library or to honor and recognize someone special in their lives.

  • Naming opportunities range in value from $5,000 to $30,000 and give donors the opportunity to name major library areas and amenities.
  • Name recognition opportunities range from $1,000 to $10,000 and give donors the opportunity to be recognized for providing access to updated technology in the library.
  • Individual donations are welcome as well and will be recognized on a special donor wall inside the library.

Moneys raised through the naming program will support enhancements to the building and its amenities. For more information on the naming program, contact Rebecca Winning at 303-275-2203 or Rebecca.winning@jeffcolibrary.org, or visit jeffcolibrary.org/goldenremodel.


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