You're invited to one or all of our annual holiday open houses. Our libraries are decking the halls and we look forward to welcoming you for a bit of holiday cheer. We'll have live music, refreshments, and crafts, plus some new and exciting events like:
- Health and Fitness Solutions for the Holiday
- Handmade Holiday Ornaments
- Holiday Hacks
- Holiday Book Sales
Get that favorite Christmas sweater or finest velvet frock from the closet and head to the library for treats, entertainment and glad tidings.
Join us at the Arvada Library to discuss Kellen Cutsforth's book Buffalo Bill, Boozers, Brothels, and Bare-Knuckle Brawlers: An Englishman's Journal of Adventure in America with the author himself.
Book synopsis: The travel journal of the wealthy young Englishman, Evelyn Booth, weaves a factual, enthralling, and entertaining narrative that follows his escapades throughout the United States of the late nineteenth century. Transcribed and edited (with relevant commentary for contemporary audiences) by Kellen Cutsforth, Booth's journal reveals his career as a young care-free 'frat boy' with unlimited funds, gives first-hand accounts that involve drunken nights, fist fights, illicit affairs, sporting events, and full-blown adventures with the most well-known celebrities of the day, including encounters with famous scout and showman William Frederick 'Buffalo Bill' Cody and the Wild West Cowboys; bare knuckled world champions John L. Sullivan and Jack 'Nonpareil' Dempsey; and Fred Archer, the most famous horse jockey of the day.
Kellen is a veteran speaker and presenter. He is also a social media manager for the Western Writers of America and the Denver Posse of Westerners. His blogs have been featured in “Archives Open” national online periodical. For the last 11 years, Kellen has been employed as an archivist in the Western History and Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library where he’s researched, organized, and published several finding aids and authored numerous biographical sketches for collections.
Suitable for: Adults
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13
Foodies unite! Pat Miller, a.k.a. the Gabby Gourmet is coming to the Belmar Library. Get a taste of what it’s like to be a successful restaurant reviewer—a job Gabby has enjoyed for over 30 years. Signed copies of the 30th edition of her popular Gabby Gourmet Guide will be available for purchase (just in time for the holidays).
Suitable for: Adults
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6
What do an alpaca and a pot-bellied pig have in common? Even though neither can read, they’re visiting Arvada Library for a very special Preschool Story Time. That’s right! Commissioner Don Rosier visits on Monday, November 14 for a very special “Farm Animal” themed Story Time. He’ll bring one of Jefferson County’s 4-H families along, and they’ll bring a few farm animal friends.
Man rates the pig as the fifth most intelligent animal with man ranking first, followed by monkeys, dolphins, and whales. They function by instinct, intuition and memory. Pigs are much like children. They find your weak spot and manipulate until they get their way. -potbellypigs.com
The alpaca comes in two breed-types: huacaya (pronounced wah‑KI‑ah) and suri (SOO‑ree). Huacayas, the more common type, account for about 90% of all alpacas, and have fluffy, crimpy fleece that gives the animals a teddy bear-like appearance. Suris, on the other hand, grow silky, lustrous fleece that drapes gracefully in beautiful pencil-locks.-alpacainfo.com
Get your EIEIO on at Arvada Library at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14.
Our teens get involved – and we love it. Our Teen Advisory Board's (TAB) give teens the chance to help plan teen-specific library events, services and more. Currently, Golden, Lakewood, Arvada, Columbine, Standley Lake, and Belmar have TABs. Most meet once a month - that’s a “teeny” amount of time out of your schedule. If you’re in grades 7-12, want to make friends, and have a say about what you want from YOUR library, stop by and fill out an application.
We love Halloween and have planned enough fun to fill a haunted house. Here’s a taste of the treats…
For kids, we’re hosting trick-or-treat parades, Dia de los Muertos celebrations, and special spooky story times. (Don’t forget to come in costume!) We have lots of family-friendly activities like Simple Circuit Spooks and a Getting Ready for Halloween FamilyLab too!
Teens can start celebrating early with everything from Halloween-themed laser tag to special After Hours events. Learn how to apply the perfect Halloween make-up, watch a scary movie or attend Dia de los Muertos celebrations.
And we haven’t forgotten our adults. Stop by the Belmar Library for speakers on Monsters and Legends, or drop by the Holidaily Brewing Company for Brews and Boos, hosted by your favorite Golden librarians.
Beer and reading just go well together. Join us for the last Porters and Prose book discussion of the season:
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.
Lariat Lodge Brewing Company
27618 Fireweed Drive
There's nothing like bringing drama to life on the stage, and it's espeically fun when it includes Harry Potter. If you love the Cursed Child script as much as you love the novels, take advantage of this workshop co-organized by literature students from Red Rocks Community College. We're gathering to share some of the most memorable scenes from Cursed Child with audience-participation play-acting in a fun and creative exploration of the Harry Potter world.
5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28
Registration is required. The program is intended for students in grades 5 - 12.
Hamilton, the smash Broadway musical phenomenon and winner of 11 Tony Awards and a Pultizer Prize has history and musical fans everywhere still buzzing with excitement. The PBS Arts Fall Festival brings the making of the pop culture hit to life when it kicks off the PBS series, Great Performances, hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda, later this month (airs on Rocky Mountain PBS on October 21, 9 p.m.).
In many ways, this musical is redefining how an entire generation of young fans is learning about history through unprecedented hip-hop musical performances. You can watch a portion of the documentary and join the cast as they visit historic locations. You'll also enjoy interviews with prominent personalities ranging from musicians and politicians, to entertainers like Jimmy Fallon – and even President Barack Obama.
The Belmar Library’s Teen Advisory Board is proud to be joining forces with Rocky Mountain PBS and Green Mountain High School’s Performing Arts Department on Wednesday, October 19 to present a sneak preview portion of the documentary that takes us behind the creation of the show and how Miranda adapted Hamilton’s story into musical theater.
We kick the night off with performances from Green Mountain High School students, followed by a costume contest, door prizes, and then the main event - the 45-minute preview of the documentary. This is your chance to see it before anyone else!
The event is free and open to the public, but we do ask that you register so we know you’re coming!
About the PBS Arts Fall Festival: PBS premieres its sixth annual PBS Arts Fall Festival on Friday, October 21, with host Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton. The PBS Arts Fall Festival, which last year reached more than nine million viewers, is a cornerstone of the Friday primetime lineup, underscoring PBS’ ongoing commitment to give audiences the best seats in the house to watch arts performances on air and online. The festival presents diverse artists and performances from across the country, including programs from GREAT PERFORMANCES, LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER, and more. Most programs will be available online at video.pbs.org/ after their broadcast premiere. For more, visit pbs.org/pressroom.
Presented by: The Belmar Teen Advisory Board and
The ukulele has become a new trend, along with being cool kitsch. Thanks to popular musicians like Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift and Zooey Deschanel, the ukulele is enjoying a long-overdue comeback. If you learn to play the ukulele, you'll be among a long list of famous plinkers, including Neil Armstrong, Lucille Ball and even Fozzie Bear.
So run, don’t tip toe, to Lakewood Library's Ukulele for Beginners session taught by Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra's maestro Gary Jugert. You’ll get to know the instrument and walk out having learned a few songs! Grab a “strum buddy” and stop by for a couple hours of zany music making with the enigmatic ukulele.
Suitable for: Adults
2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22