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International Games Day

by: 
Rebecca

JCPL will join hundreds of libraries throughout the country on November 15, 2014, for the seventh annual celebration International Games Day @ your library.

Arvada, Belmar, Conifer, Columbine, Edgewater, Evergreen, Lakewood and Standley Lake libraries will offer gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family.

Come out and play @your library!

Attention All Teens: Movie Release Party

by: 
Rebecca

Are you a huge fan of the Hunger Games? If so, we have an event for you. We're hosting a movie release party for the third Hunger Games movie at an exclusive after-hours celebration - just for teens. We won't be able to show the movie, but we can celebrate its release. Come in your best Hunger Games attire – we’ll have a contest for the best costume. There will be plenty of food and drink for all. Sign up now!

5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21

 

by: 
Jennifer, Lakewood Library

Did you know that the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book is coming November 4th? In the latest book Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul, Greg goes on a road trip with his family. 

The Lakewood Library will be celebrating the new book with games and activities plus a chance to win a copy of the new book. Join us Saturday, November 8th at 12:00 p.m. until 1 p.m. in the Kid's room for some Wimpy Kid fun!

P.S.: Want a sneak peek at the new book?

Getting Your Bike in Shape

by: 
Bethany

If you're like me, you have a bicycle. That bike may or may not have been used a total of zero times in the past few years. Is your bicycle gathering dust in the garage too? If you have a bike that you've been wanting to pull out, but are afraid of the TLC it might need, we've got you covered. An instructor from Denver's Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop will teach you how to keep your bike running smoothly, how to change tires, and how to stay safe. This free class will give you the skills and confidence to make it to your destination and back. For ages 14 and up.

3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18
Lakewood Library

by: 
Barbara, Evergreen Library

What do you think of when you hear the words Book Club? A group of moms, sitting around someone's coffee table, discussing the latest chick lit? Or maybe a group of teens, sipping Starbucks and waxing prophetically?

Well, here at JCPL , we have our own kind of book club, and KIDS may apply!

Not only do you get to read a great book and share your thoughts about it with other kids, you also get to do a fun activity that relates to the book. Zen gardens, creating your own cartoon, quiz shows, scavenger hunts, and making Rube Goldberg machines are just a few of the things we have done so far. And what kids meeting would be complete without a snack?

Check out what your local library will be doing this month:

COLUMBINE YOUNG READER'S FUN CLUB

Columbine Library

Tuesday, October 7th, 4:30-5:30pm

Ages 8 & up

This Month's Book: The Escape by Kathryn Lasky

 YOUNG READERS BOOK CLUB

Evergreen Library

Monday, October 20th, 4:00-5:00pm

Ages 8-11

This Month's Book: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

GOLDEN YOUNG READERS CLUB

Golden Library

Monday, October 6th, 6:30-7:30pm

Ages 8 & up

This Month's Book: Wait Till Helen Comes: a ghost story by Mary Downing Hahn

LAKEWOOD LIBRARY YOUNG READERS FUN CLUB

Lakewood Library

Tuesday, October 21st, 4:00-5:00pm

Ages 8 & up

This Month's Book: A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean

Can't make it to a meeting? No worries! Evergreen Library also offers Book Club in a Bag. Book Club in a Bag has 8 titles for a 6 week check out. Each bag is filled with 10 paperback copies, one for each of your friends, a Book Club Promise bookmark for everyone to keep, and a folder with discussion questions, a summary of the book, an author bio, and activities for your book group.

Available Titles:

Shipwrecked by Rhoda Blumberg

Please Write in This Book by Mary Amato

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Peter & the Starcatchers by Dave Barry

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

The Breadwinner Trilogy by Deborah Ellis

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

Sounder by William H Armstrong

Book Club...it's not just for the BIG kids anymore!

Hello! It's Nice To Meet You (Again).

by: 
Bethany

Books. Everyone knows the library has them. Have you gone outside your comfort zone and tried all the other resources the library has to offer? We invite you to get Outside the Lines with us next week and try something new. We'll share how each day next week on Facebook and Twitter

Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration, Sept. 14-20, demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Libraries across the country will be engaging with their communities in new and unexpected ways. Stay tuned for how you can participate. 

Tree Climbing for Grown-Ups

by: 
Bethany

Who said just because you're an adult you need to stop climbing trees? Not us, that's for sure! In fact, we'll have Harv "Ponderosa" Teitelbaum here to show you how much fun you can still have up in the branches! Harv is the owner of Tree Climbing Colorado and is also a master instructor in recreational tree climbing. He will give you an introduction to this fun activity. Actual tree climbing will not be taking place at the class, but it will give you a great foundation on what to look for.

For ages 12 and up. 

3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6
Lakewood Library

 

Author Marcia Hensley Comes to Lakewood

by: 
Bethany

Back in the early 1900s, parts of Colorado, and other locations in the region, were still very much the Wild West. For many women, suffrage and other women's rights issues weren't high on the list of priorities. Instead, these women of the frontier seized the opportunity to become landowners. In her book Staking Her Claim: Women Homesteading the West, author Marcia Hensley shares stories from these women through letters and articles from that time. 

Join us at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 at the Lakewood Library to hear directly from the author about some of these amazing stories. Reservations are not required.

 

Planning for Your Senior's Future

by: 
Bethany

Recently, I've watched as my grandparents' health has deteriorated and they have moved from their home of more than 40 years into a retirement community. The transition was hard for everyone – my grandparents, their children, and me. I'm now watching as the same thing is happening to my aunt and we struggle to do what is best for her – and for us. 

As much as my family thought we had planned ahead and started conversations with our seniors early in the process, these transitions still happened after several crises had occurred – too late. What we learned is that you can never plan too far in advance and it's best to educate yourself and your seniors before a crisis occurs that forces a decision upon all of you. 

Those of you caring for aging parents, or any senior adult, will benefit greatly from a workshop we are offering with "The Senior Expert" Karen Owen-Lee. She will cover legal and financial issues, crisis warning signs, making a family plan, and having the difficult, but necessary, conversations with your loved ones. The workshops will take place at several locations over the next month. 

A Library Card Is All They Need to Succeed

by: 
Bethany

The start of the school year can only mean one thing: homework. If you're looking for some extra help, Jefferson County Public Library has all the resources you need for kids and teens. Online homework help, access to free research sites, tutors, expert staff, and more. We're your one stop homework help shop. 

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