November 23-24: All libraries will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Jefferson County Public Library is hosting fun, free events at all ten of its locations, plus the bookmobile, throughout September to help boost early reading skills in families with children.
Before a child is ready to read, they first need to read, talk, write, sing, and play. These practices help them hear the sounds that make words, recognize letters and print, gain vocabulary, and tell stories. The Library’s Raise a Reader events will give parents and caregivers helpful activities and tools they can use at home to help children, from birth up, learn valuable reading skills.
“It’s never too early to bring your baby to the library,” says Barb Yeutter Roig, Kids and Families Manager for Jefferson County Public Library. “Getting ready to read starts from day one. Parents and caregivers are teaching their babies to read every time they talk, coo, sing, or play with their children.”
The events are free and offer prizes, snacks, and fun for the whole family. Some locations are also offering the events in Spanish *.
Saturday, Sept. 9
Wheat Ridge* | 12 – 4 p.m.
Bookmobile | Ken Caryl Safeway 12 - 3 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 10
Standley Lake 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 16
Lakewood* | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Arvada* | 12 - 4 p.m.
Westminster Public Library/College Hill | 1 - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 23
Conifer 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Golden 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Belmar* 12 - 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 30
Evergreen 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Columbine* 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Edgewater* 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
The Raise a Reader events are offered in partnership with Westminster Public Library and made possible with support from Solera National Bank and the Jefferson County Library Foundation.
Join Barbara Nickless for a night of mystery and intrigue as she discusses her book, Blood on the Tracks.
A young woman is found brutally murdered and the main suspect is the victim's fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. Railroad Police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell is brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate the crime, but can't shake the feeling that large forces are behind this apparent crime of passion. In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?
About the Author:
Barbara Nickless worked as a technical writer, instructional designer, raptor rehabilitator, astronomy instructor, sword fighter and piano teacher before turning seriously to writing. Now an award-winning author, her short stories and essays have appeared in anthologies in the U.S. and U.K. She lives with her family in Colorado.
Barbara will be signing copies of her books, which will be available for purchase during this event.
Tuesday, Sept.5 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Suitable for: Adults
The Olive Picker, Kathryn Brettell’s first novel, is more than a memoir. It’s a touching experience brimming with strength and triumph. A heart-wrenching testament to the endurance of the human spirit.
In her book, Kathryn masterfully guides us through the pivotal points of her life, from an abusive upbringing that destroys her self-confidence, to the wreckage of an ill-conceived marriage, and onto a defining moment, full of grace and mercy, which gave her the wings to become the conquering and triumphant phoenix she is today. Beautifully portrayed, The Olive Picker will grab you by the soul and hold you captive to the very last page.
In addition to her book, she writes a travel blog, Kathi’s Blog, chronicling the humorous aspects of travel, puppy training, and her experiences as an award winning published author!
Through her writing, she gives hope to those who find themselves in abusive situations, wherever they are on their journey. She’s looking forward to meeting you to talk life, love and travel during her visit at Conifer library.
Tuesday, Aug. 29 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Suitable for: Adults
Colorado author Jo Ann Virden discusses her My Darling Dorothy. Based on authentic letters from the era, My Darling Dorothy is a timeless love story that transcends both hard times and the brutal impact of war. The tumult of the Great Depression and World War II provides the background for a novel about three young people; Tommie, Jack and Dorothy, and their challenges, struggles, defeats and triumphs.The hopes and hardships they share are reflected in the letters that they exchange. Are they remnants of lost dreams or the foundation for a joyful future?
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8
Suitable for: Adults
There’s a good possibility that after attending Evergreen Library’s Local Author Showcase, you might find yourself in one or more of the following state of affairs:
- motivated to finish your forever-in-edit-mode novel
- have an action plan on how to get that book published
- own an autographed copy of the next bestselling book of our time!
The Evergreen Library is excited to host this series of appearances and show our support for local published authors by connecting them with aspiring authors and literacy lovers within the community.
Less ‘presentation’ and more 'friendly informal meet and greet', this author showcase may be a little different to what you’re used to. Mingle, get writing or publishing advice, or just talk books!
The first event is scheduled for Monday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m. and features:
Author Judy Christie, a newcomer to Evergreen, has had 17 books published, including 10 novels, and has received glowing reviews from such publications as Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Romantic Times. Her Wreath, A Girl the first novel in a coming-of-age series, has been optioned for film. Before writing books, Judy was an award-winning reporter and newspaper editor. For more information, see www.judychristie.com.
Catherine Scott has been hooked by writing since Divine Ordinariness "came down the chute, unbidden." Then came Booze at Breakfast, her first novel. Five years ago, Listening began to present itself. It feels like unearned privilege to have a muse writing through me, teaching me how! If you have a story in you, begin it. It's bold, it's magic, it's genius.
Phil White is an Emmy-nominated writer. His book Unplugged is helping people evolve from technology to enhance their fitness, performance and consciousness, while Game Changer condenses the secrets of pro football, basketball, football & soccer teams into a blueprint that enables fans to better understand their sport and helps coaches and athletes win.
Sharlene Nusser lives with her husband of almost 26 years and her two children. She continues to enjoy making quilts, cross stitching and building dollhouses. Her latest endeavor includes the starting of the 3rd novel in the series of books she has written and she also has a couple of unrelated novels in the works.
If you’d love to be one of our next featured authors, we’d love to hear from you! Contact Polly Tagg, [email protected].
Monday, September 18, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Alistair Kimble, Iron Angels
J.v.L. Bell, The Lucky Hat Mine
Marc Graham, Of Ashes and Dust
LS Hawker, End of the Road
Mark Stevens, Lake of Fire
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Christine Goff, Red Sky
Pamela Nowak, CHANGES
April O’Brien, Enter (At Your Own Risk)
Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 - 2 p.m.
Jim Cronin, Hegira
Jennifer Kincheloe, The Woman in the Camphor Trunk
Kevin Wolfe, The Homeplace
Suitable for: Adults
Calling all Fandom teens.
If Denver Comic Con went by way too fast for your liking and didn’t fully satisfy your need to geek out with others of the same movie/music/game/book/whatever obsession - don’t fret. We’ve got you covered. Our 4th annual Fandom Contest is still accepting entries until July 26.
This is your chance to create a fun representation of a book, movie, TV show, video game or musical artist and connect with others who identify with your fanatical behavior. We encourage it, even! Your contribution can be written (stories, poetry), visual (art, cosplay) or digital (videos). Winners in each category receive a $25 prize!
Did someone say party?! Why yes, yes we did! Come celebrate Fandom contest entrants and hear winners announced at the Fandom Contest costume party, complete with pizza & other snacks, on Friday July 28, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Best costume at the party also wins a prize!
Submit your creation to Lakewood library's Teen Librarian Marie McColley before July 26. Our Teen Advisory Board will judge entries on Friday July 28, from 5 – 6 p.m. To enter, you must be a Colorado resident between 11 and 18 years of age. Please include your telephone number and/or email address with your entry.
Best of luck to all entrants. We can't wait to see what you create!
Suitable for: Ages 11-18
Let your inner historian loose. Join Colorado Author Kellen Cutsforth as he presents Boozers, Brothels, and Bare Knuckle Brawlers: The Tale of Buffalo Bill’s Little Known Benefactor.
Celebrate Buffalo Bill Days and the 100th Anniversary of his burial atop Lookout Mountain in Golden with this factual, enthralling and entertaining account following the escapades of young Englishman Evelyn Booth's adventures throughout the United States at the end of the late 19th century. We'll hear tales of some of the most well-known celebrities of the time and new information on his business dealings with the most famous American of the day, William Frederick ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody and his Wild West show.
About the Author:
Kellen Cutsforth has had numerous articles featured in such publications as: Wild West magazine, True West Magazine and Western Writers of America’s Roundup magazine. Kellen has provided his services as a “ghost writer” authoring biographies and memoirs. Kellen is also a social media manager for Western Writers of America and the Denver Posse of Westerners. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Wednesday, July 26
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Suitable for: Adults
Research has shown that teaming up your kiddo with a reading buddy who’s just a little bit older (and therefore much much cooler than mom or dad) could be just the thing needed to mend a not-so-keen-about-reading mindset and improve reading ability.
A teacher in Oregon carried out a study called The Power of Two in 1999. Through pairing kids with older peers, a group of sixth graders improved their reading ability by 2.5 years with just 15 hours of reading buddy time! Some students who only had five hours of contact still gained the equivalent of a year and a half in their reading ability.
The Denver Post recently published an article about our Reading Buddy Program. They interviewed a happy parent who’s already given the program a try, as well as one of our enthusiastic teen volunteers.
If you have a reluctant reader, or think your child would benefit from some extra reading time with someone outside of the home or school environment, then bring them to Belmar Library's Reading Buddies program. We pair kids with a buddy from The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver's Torch Club. They select an interesting book together, read to each other, and talk about the book afterwards. There’s also fun games and crafts too!
1 – 3 p.m., Tuesdays June 13 – July 25
Suitable for: Kids of all ages, including English (ESL) learners
Location: Belmar Library
We love being outside in Colorado. That's why we're offering a mini series of events focusing on Colorado's great outdoors. From outside hobbies and interests to gardening in the Mile High State, we hope you'll find the topic that interests you.
Using native plants in landscape design
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3
Add some Colorado flair to your garden. Beth Hanson, Native Plant Master instructor and landscape designer, shares how to incorporate native plants into your landscape designs and gardens.
Mountain wildlife and native plants
2 - 3 p.m. Sunday, June 11
Learn about mountain goats, elk, bighorn sheep, and other animals that you see on Colorado's trails. Milt Robinson, watershed ecologist and retired environmental management professor, shares his plant and wildlife knowledge as he teaches us about the majestic animals of the Rocky Mountains and the native plants that make up their natural habitats.
2 - 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16
Learn to identify Colorado's native wildflowers in the mountains and along the Colorado Trail. Jen Toews shares her expert native plant knowledge and experience identifying wildflowers.
Anglers and conservation
2 - 3 p.m. Sunday, July 30
Learn about the angler scene in Colorado and catch some tips for getting started. Milt Robinson shares his plant and wildlife knowledge as a watershed ecologist and retired environmental management professor as he teaches us about the sport and ethics of fishing and the importance of water quality in our lakes and streams.
Did you know you can check out the latest (and past!) award winning movies at the library - for free?
Items like these tend to be quite popular, so we pull aside copies to place on our Lucky Day shelves. If you don’t visit our physical locations, maybe it's time to stop by and take a peek – it may be your lucky day and you’ll find the popular item you want waiting on the Lucky Day shelf.
You can also download movies and soundtracks to your personal device. Here's a list of previous award winners to enjoy!
Winners of the 2000s:
2015 - Spotlight
2014 - Birdman
2013 - 12 Years a Slave
2012 - Argo
2011 - The Artist
2010 - The King's Speech
2009 - The Hurt Locker
2008 - Slumdog Millionaire
2007 - No Country for Old Men
2006 - The Departed
2005 - Crash
2004 - Million Dollar Baby
2002 - Chicago
2001 - A Beautiful Mind
2000 - Gladiator