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Banned Books Fashion ShowAs far as we're concerned, banned books are always in fashion! To celebrate, Belmar Library is putting on a fashion show featuring teenage designers who create original wearable pieces inspired by challenged and banned literature. We'll have a runway show, banned book readings, a photo booth and giveaways. Banned Books Week is an American Library Association sponsored event. The 2016 Banned Book Week theme is - Diversity. 

Intellectual Freedom, Freedom to Read, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech, Anti-Censorship are also themes associated with BBW. Banned Books Week is an American Library Association sponsored event. 

6 p.m. Friday, Sep. 30

Suitable for: Teens


PAWS for Reading When setting up this interview, I asked what breed of dog I was going to meet. The librarian in Golden said, “She’s a gorgeous Bernese Mountain Dog who loves reading, romantic candlelight dinners and long walks on the beach.” I knew I was in for a treat… and was not disappointed.

Mattie is a big, beautiful, loving partner in our PAWS for Reading program. She greets with enthusiasm and knows how to make friends right away. She’s also very intuitive. If her reader is a bit nervous and stand-offish, Mattie will lie quietly; but, if the kiddo is enthusiastic and wants to play, Mattie is happy to oblige with hugs and nuzzling.

It was just by happenstance that Jaelyn stopped by the library and had the chance to read to Mattie. Jaelyn is heading into 6th grade and will surely have a terrific “what I did on my summer vacation” story about her session with Mattie.

Mattie’s mom/handler, Kelley has raised Mattie since puppyhood and watched as Mattie made her way through puppy kindergarten, Good Citizen training and the Therapy Dog program. Mattie’s been participating in our PAWS for Reading program for a year. Before that, when the family lived in California, Mattie and Kelley visited a local elementary school and read with kids each week. In other words, she’s a trained professional!

Get to know Mattie:

• Birthday: October, 2011

• Lives in: Golden

• Favorite toy: This dog LOVES her stuffies. At last count, Mattie had over 11 toys. She carries them everywhere, snuggles with them and sleeps with them. If she had to pick a favorite, it’d be the big cheetah.

• Favorite food: Treats, treats and more treats. But these days, Mattie is snacking on cucumber and watermelon since she’s watching her girly figure.

• Favorite books: The “Biscuit” series.

• Favorite movie: “The Kid” starring Bruce Willis

• Biggest challenge: Keeping up with fashion. Her PAWS mate, Shelby shows up with the cutest accessories, so Mattie makes sure to wear a stylish bow or something similar.

If you know someone who’d like to read with Mattie or any of our other wonderful pups provided through our partnership with Animals 4 Therapy program, register for your 15-minute session by calling 303-235-5275 or asking our staff for details. Be forewarned, you will fall in love.


Paranormal AfternoonTruth be told, I've always believed in spirits. I'm not alone. A 2005 Gallup poll found that 37 percent of Americans believe in haunted houses, and even more believe in ghosts. "Other worldly" phenomena is represented in pretty much every genre of books and movies. Think about it… popular films such as "Ghost," "Ghostbusters" and "Paranormal Activity" have to be based on some reality, right? JCPL lists thousands of titles about ghosts. And don’t even get me started on ghost hunting TV shows. That in itself is a paranormal phenomenon!

Ready to nurture your inner ghost curiosity? Here’s your chance. Enjoy a fascinating afternoon of ghost hunting in Conifer. Mike Kaminski and friends from the Colorado Paranormal Society will be on hand with information and even some “ghostbusting” equipment to see if they can detect any paranormal activity at our own Conifer Library during this lively haunt!

Suitable for: All Ages

Conifer Library

2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 24


Raise a ReaderEveryone knows reading is important. And it’s vital to start that love of reading at an early age. That’s why we’re hosting a series of events called “Raise a Reader.” 

It’s fun! It’s free! And it’s at your library. Learn to Raise a Reader through engaging and playful activities. Create simple projects to take home and enjoy a snack while visiting local community organizations and businesses sharing helpful information. 

Our fair offers valuable resources to help you engage your little ones in TALKING – WRITING – PLAYING – DANCING – and READING.

We also have a special gift for the first 300 guests. Choose your favorite Jeffco Public Library location and mark your calendar for Raise a Reader.

12 – 4 p.m. Saturdays:  

Sep. 17 | Wheat Ridge 

Sep. 24 | Edgewater 

Sep. 24 | Golden 

Sep. 24 | Evergreen  

Oct. 1 | Belmar 

Oct. 1 | Standley Lake 

Oct. 1 | Arvada

Oct. 8 | Columbine 

Oct. 15 | Lakewood 

Suitable for: Babies through elementary and their families


Wheat Ridge ReadsWheat Ridge Reads presents local author Nick Arvin and his novel of secrets and survival, The Reconstructionist. Join Wheat Ridge Library's Thursday Morning Book Group, meet Arvin, and discuss The Reconstructionist

At a loose end after college, Ellis Barstow drifts back to his home town and a strange profession: reconstructing fatal traffic accidents. He seems to take to the work immediately, and forms a bond with his boss and mentor, John Boggs, an intriguing character of few but telling words.

 "Car accidents are by far the most commonplace manner of premature death in America, and it's rare to find someone who hasn't been affected by one. It's surprising, then, that so little has been written about it in American fiction... This has changed with the appearance of a remarkable new novel, The Reconstructionist." ~ The Denver Post

Suitable for: Adults

9:00 a.m., Thursday. Sep. 15

Wheat Ridge Library 


Porters and ProseBeer and reading go well together. They do and we’ll prove it. Make time for literature and lager at Lariat Lodge Brewing Company in Evergreen… an awesome way to spend some after-work time on a Tuesday. Each month this fall, you’re invited to read and discuss a current book that touches on contemporary issues in challenging and thought-provoking ways. And there's beer involved!

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sep. 13 - The Revenant by Michael Punke

Leo DiCaprio won the Academy award for the movie. The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the Company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two Company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shockinggrit and determination, Glass sets out crawling inch by inch across more than three thousand miles of uncharted American frontier. The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 - Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

You know him from "Parks & Rec" and now Aziz Ansari offers a hilarious exploration of modern romance. A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation's sharpest comedic voices. At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

A New York Times #1 Bestseller, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel--a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan--from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

If you can legally drink, come meet some like-minded folks, chat about a book and throw back a cold beverage.

Lariat Lodge Brewing Company

27618 Fireweed Drive



Golden Author VisitLocal author Joanna Walters will join the Golden Library to read from her book, Girl At Sea: Stories of Courage, Growth and Strength From One of the First Women to Serve on US Warships. We'll host a discussion and Q&A after the readings.

Joanna Walters is a 1994 graduate of the US Naval Academy. She was a Division I swimmer for Navy. Upon graduation, she went on to become one of the first women serving aboard combatants as a Surface Warfare Officer.

Joanna spends her downtime enjoying the mountains with her family and can often be found climbing the cliffs of North Table Mountain, running or riding the trails, hiking to the top of 14ers and playing in the snow. 

Suitable for: Adults

2 p.m. Sunday, Sep. 11


LK Author VisitJoin us at Belmar Library for a visit from Margaret Coel, author of The Perfect Suspect from the series about journalist Catherine McLeod. The Perfect Suspect tells the tale about how after a candidate for governor is murdered, and his estranged wife is arrested for first-degree homicide, Catherine must risk her career—and her life—to find the witness who can identify the candidate's murderer: Detective Ryan Beckman. 

Ms. Coel is a New York Times best-selling author who hails from a pioneer Colorado family. The West — the mountains, plains, and vast spaces — are in her bones, she says. 

Suitable for: Adults

6 p.m. Thursday, September 1


Calling all designers. Belmar Library is looking for teen fashion designers to participate in a Banned Book Week (BBW) Themed Fashion show.


Designer Applications due: September 9, 2016.  

As far as we're concerned, banned books are always in fashion! To celebrate, we're putting on a fashion show featuring teenage designers who create original wearable pieces inspired by challenged and banned literature. We'll have a runway show, banned book readings, a photo booth and giveaways. Banned Books Week is an American Library Association sponsored event. Do you have a great design in mind? We can help with creative tips and even a sewing class. 

Banned Books Week: Free Sewing Class

2 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10

Learn basic stitches and construction to create your Banned Book Week Teen Fashion Show original wearable. Instructor Chris Darby from Gold Crown Enrichment Center's Club House leads designers, offering tips and tricks to make your fashions fabulous! This class is appropriate for teen designers who have applied to be part of the Banned Books Week Teen Fashion Show.

Fashion Show

6 p.m. Friday, Sep. 30

If you're between the ages of 12-18, find out how to participate by contacting Belmar's Teen Librarian, Lisa Dibbern. Designers must be between the ages of 12-18. Materials and themes are open to interpretation but should fit with themes associated with Banned Books Week. The 2016 Banned Book Week theme is - Diversity. 

Intellectual Freedom, Freedom to Read, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech, Anti-Censorship are also themes associated with BBW. Banned Books Week is an American Library Association sponsored event. 


Homework Help

For most, back-to-school is an exciting time to reconnect with friends, show off a new outfit and gear up for a fresh start.

For others, it’s the return of high anxiety due to being stunned with schoolwork and the pressure to get good grades. 

If only there was a secret weapon…

It’s JCPL to the rescue! The library is one of your best secrets to getting through the year, improving your grades and making connections with those overwhelming assignments.

Use your library card to log in and check out the abundance of online resources. If you haven’t logged on recently, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Here’s just the tip of the iceberg: 

Lynda.com is a fabulous collection of “how to” videos on subjects from software to digital photography.

Mango Languages is a good (and super fun) go-to collection of video tutorials to give you a boost with that foreign language class. 

New York Times is one of the best sources for information, and you have access to full text from 1851 to the present, as well as full text of NYT Book Review and Magazine from 1997 to the present.

Our Kids & Families staff have put together a great list of online resources for our littlest learners. 

Online tools are great, but it doesn’t always replace the human connection. That’s why we offer Homework Help because sometimes it's easier to get homework help from someone other than your parents. The Golden Library and Colorado School of Mines Phi Gamma Delta fraternity are here to help students in grades 1-12 to stop in and get help in any subject. Drop-ins welcome. 

In addition, Arvada Library Reading Buddies helps promote literacy skills and a love of reading for children in grades K-3. This program develops reading skills and confidence by pairing them with an older student who can provide special attention and support. Reading Buddies Fall Sessions are from Sep. 3 - Dec. 21, Wednesdays @ 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m.

But wait, there’s more. Did you know that you can book your own librarian for personal research assistance?    

Personal note: Last year, my son was struggling in math. I sent him to our library to get homework help from one of the fabulous volunteers. Guess what? He came home understanding the work and was more confident than ever. And he raised his grade, too.

Trust me, folks. It works. #LibrariesMatter