Sept. 7 - All libraries will be closed for Labor Day.
Come to the library and cut up a book, yep you heard me right, cut up a book at the library. Lakewood Library is hosting an Altered Book contest. If you are looking for some inspiration or just need a space to get started stop in to our open session on Thursday, May 23rd from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Supplies and books will be provided.
An altered book is "any book, old or new that has been recycled by creative means into a work of art. It can be...rebound, painted, cut, burned, folded, added to, collaged in, gold-leafed, rubber stamped, drilled or otherwise adorned." - International Society of Altered Book Artists.
Entries will be accepted May 20th through 6 p.m. June 3rd. An awards ceremony reception and exhibition of all the works will take place from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 in the Lakewood Library.
Entries will be displayed at the Lakewood Library as they are submitted and at the June 5th Awards ceremony reception. The top 3 winners in each category will remain on display at the Lakewood Library through the end of the month.
The contest is open to anyone 12-years-old or older. There will be a teen competition for ages 12-17, and an adult competition for ages 18 and older.
Game, by Barry Lyga is the follow up to I Hunt Killers, which was horrible in a good way. In the first book we meet Jazz, a 17 year old living in a small town which seems to have attracted a serial killer. Jazz, whose recently jailed father is one of the most prolific and terrifying serial killers in American history, tries to prove he is nothing like his dear old dad, by hunting down this deranged killer. Needless to say the book is full of blood and guts and wierdness to the nth degree... and it's GREAT!
Game picks right up where the first book leaves off and it does not disappoint! Fast paced, with tons of gruesome information you probably didn't know you needed to know, and plot twists galore, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. It will also keep you looking over your shoulder...
Look for YA M FICTION LYGA
Who knew one of the most deadly animals in the world would be a shrimp? With amazing vision that can see in both the ultraviolet and infrared spectrum not much gets past this feisty little creature. The two appendages on the front of its body can hit with the same force as a 22 caliber bullet! Check out the blog The Oatmeal for a fantastic introduction to the mantis shrimp.
Join us at Standley Lake and Arvada Libraries to welcome the Arvada Police Department as they give a brief introduction to their SHARP course.
The Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARP) course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of women, teaching principles and strategies for effectively reducing the likelihood of assault through actual techniques for countering an attack. Utilizing efficient and effective methods of subject control that do not rely on size and strength, PPCT Management Systems, Inc. has developed a training system that can be used by just about everyone who is interested in personal safety.
In other words, just because you are small and female, doesn't mean you can't defend yourself!
Participants will be able to learn more about signing up for the three session course, which is free to Arvada residents at the following events:
Standley Lake Library on Saturday, May 11th at 2pm
Arvada Library on Saturday, May 18th at 2pm
Death Valley is the lowest, hotest and driest place in North America. With an average rain fall total of less than two inches and temperatures over 100 degrees between April and October this is undisputable. The highest recorded ground temperature was 201 degrees Fahrenheit with an air temperature of 128 degrees in July of 1972. Temperatures regularly exceed 120 degrees in the summer months. There are four mountain ranges that block the mositure from the ocean from reaching Death Valley. Despite being so dry and hot it is home to 51 species of mammals, 307 bird species, 36 species of reptiles, three species of amphibians and five species of fish. When I start to complain about the heat this summer I will just have to remind myself, "At least I'm not in Death Valley!"
Did you know that the 1st Saturday in May is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY?! That's right, Super Fans! You can get one free comic book from participating comic book retailers.
Check with your favorite comic book shop to see if they are participating this year!
Sophronia is a trial to her family, always up to some mischief or another. Her mother has made the decision to send her off to finishing school but all is not as it seems. The quote from the cover says it all: "It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time." Etiguette & Espionage is filled with lots of non-stop action and good snarky dialogue.
Ah, prom. Regardless of how one feels about it, it's hard to deny prom's significance as a cultural touchstone. This teen rite of passage has inspired drama in countless books, tv shows, and films. In honor of prom season, here are my three favorite movie prom scenes.
1. Pretty in Pink (1986)
I know I'm displaying my ancientness by listing this one, but it's hard to beat. Heroine Andie shows up at the prom alone (in a daring homemade dress), after being humiliated by the rich snobs at school. I won't spoil the ending, but it's a happy one.
2. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
The romance between bad boy Patrick Verona and shrew Kat Stratford hits a high point when he hires her favorite band to perform at their prom. Meanwhile, Kat's younger sister, Bianca, gets memorable revenge on the movie's villain.
3. Carrie (1976)
Telekinesis comes in handy for high school outcast Carrie White, who gets even more memorable revenge on her classmates after she's the victim of a cruel prom prank. Be warned: this horror classic definitely earned its "R" rating.
This weekend is the grand opening of the light rail West Rail Line. There are lots of festivities going on to celebrate. Here is some of the science behind the commuter train. The train is a "bi-directional, six-axle, high-floor single articulated light rail vehicle constructed of low alloy high tensile (LAHT) steel," according to the RDT website. What does this really mean? The trains are made out of a type of steel that is strongerand more resistant to corrosion. The carbon content is required to be between .05% and .25% and the steel may contain other elements such as: manganese, copper, niobium, nitrogen, nickel, vanadium, chromium, titanium, calcium and titanium. The trains run off an AC-IGBT system. This is a motor with a controlled amount of voltage from the DC electricity of the tracks to the AC current needed for running the four motors in each car of the train.
Maybe RTD can model the next phase of train development off the Eco-Ride train in Japan. Like a rollercoaster this train runs by turning potential energy into kinetic energy. Hang onto your lunch! Read more about the Eco-Train in the online database Science Reference Center.