November 23-24: All libraries will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Everyone’s happy to see Scarlet when she comes to the Standley Lake Library for her PAWS for Reading session. Scarlet, a rescued Siberian Husky named for her beautiful reddish coat, is one of the most mellow animals known to man. Chosen for her good nature, Scarlet is a wonderful representative of Animals 4 Therapy.
Scarlet gently greets children and lies down as they read to her. At the end of each reading session, she politely accepts her favorite treat – “Cheesies” (as Susan, her handler, calls them) and escorts the kids out of the room.
Get to know Scarlet:
• Birthday: Valentine’s Day! (She turned 9 on 2/14/16)
• Lives in: Arvada
• Favorite Toy: Anything that squeaks
• Favorite Snack: Cheesies – They look like Cheese-it crackers.
• Favorite Book: Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
• How long has she been a therapy dog? 2 ½ years
• Nickname: “Scardini” because when she was younger, she escaped from almost anywhere!
The PAWS for Reading program is one of the most popular programs at JCPL. Any kid who reads enjoys a furry friend listener. PAWS for Reading is particularly helpful for reluctant readers. (Reading out loud is also a great exercise for a budding reader!) Kids tend to be much more comfortable reading to dogs because there’s no stress and no judgment.
If you’d like a chance to read with Scarlet or one of her canine buddies, be sure to register for your 15-minute session. Call 303-235-5275 or ask our staff for details.
Teen Tech Week, sponsored by the American Library Association, is when we get to showcase our great digital resources and services available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. This year, Teen Tech Week is March 6-12, 2016, with the theme "Create it at your library." How creative is that!
Nuture your inner geek and join us for our JCPL Teen Tech events and help get the word out about #TTW16.
Teen Tech Week: Hour of Code
3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 8
The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Certificates will be awarded at the end of the event.
Space is limited to 15 participants, so register now!
Teen Tech Week: Web Know-How
5 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 9
Belmar Library has been selected to hold a workshop sponsored by Best Buy’s Blue Shirt and Geek Squad agents. The Web Know-How workshop helps teens build digital literacy skills in an interactive and collaborative environment. You’ll learn web making by manipulating code through hands-on and guided online activities. This is an amazing opportunity for aspiring techies, ages 13-18. Registration for the Web Know-How class opens two weeks before the event. Space is limited to 25 participants, so save your spot!
Teen Tech Week: Hour of Code
6 p.m. Friday, Mar. 11
Everyone can code--it's an essential skill all tweens and teens should have. In this program we'll explore programming by learning about how computers think and participating in coding activities. Space is limited, so register now.
Do you have a new or reluctant reader in your family? For many kids reading to a furry friend, or an awesome Teen Volunteer would make reading practice more enjoyable. Jefferson County Public Library's PAWS for Reading, and Reading Buddies leaves kids wanting to read even more.
At PAWS for Reading, kids who are learning to read, and who are building confidence in their reading skills read with a dog friend from Animals 4 Therapy. Dogs are perfect reading companions. They create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment for sharing books. Each dog comes with a kind person who is also trained to assist, and encourage during your child's reading experience.
Drop in, or register your child for a 15-minute independent reading session, one week in advance by visiting the library or calling (303)235-5275 (JCPL). Children must be able to read independently.
Available at these locations.
- Arvada: 2nd & 3rd Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Columbine: 1st & 2nd Saturdays from 1-3 P.M.
- Evergreen: 1st Mondays at 4:00 p.m.
- Golden: 1st & 2nd Saturdays from 2-4 p.m.
- Lakewood: 2nd Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
- Standley Lake (Reservations only at the library) 3rd Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.
Arvada Library Reading Buddies help promote literacy skills and a love of reading for kids grades K - 3. This twice weekly one-hour program helps kids develop reading skills and confidence by pairing them with one of our awesome Teen Volunteers who are trained to provide special attention and support. Little Buddies will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. While registration is not required, you can guarantee a session by calling 303-235-5275 (JCPL), online at jeffcolibrary.org, or in person at the Arvada Library.
Spring Session: Feb. 17-April 27th
- Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
- Saturdays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." – Dr. Seuss
Grab your favorite red & white striped hat (optional) and join us and Read Across America as we celebrate this beloved children’s author’s 112th birthday with stories, music, games and crafts.
Find your favorite JCPL location and join the fun.
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 1
7 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 3
11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 1
Suitable for: Ages 8 and under (and all Dr. Seuss fans too!)
Unplug with us at our once a month music session. If you’re a teen-or-older musician, bring your acoustic instruments and play together around the “campfire.” Share your own songs with the group and/or we’ll showcase songbooks and other resources from our collection. Arvada is full of fine musicians and this is a great way to mingle and learn a thing or two from the more experienced instrumentalists. Come pick a little, play a little...or just listen!
2:30 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month
Suitable for: Teens+
Are you feeling blue? Green with envy? In the pink? Curious yellow? Learn how different colors affect our health and state of mind. Elaine Feldhaus of Senior Reach will tell us about the psychology of color and you how can apply the current research to your wardrobe, walls and even food! This is a Library 2 You dial-in program, so all you need to do is call 303-275-6173 to register and we’ll call you at the time of the program.
10:30 a.m. Monday, Mar. 7
On the phone
Suitable for: Adults
Feb. 24 is an Early Release Day for Jeffco schools! Celebrate getting out of school early by dropping by the Golden Library's Teen Area for games of all shapes and sizes. Grab a group of friends for an Xbox 360 or Playstation 4 tournament. Or, if you’d rather not spend your extra free time in front of a screen, we’ve got board and card games for an old fashioned face-to-face challenge!
2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24
Suitable for: Grades 5-8
Tomatoes in Evergreen? You Bet!
Choose the right produce to grow in your mountain food garden. With our short growing season, mountain soil, and cool summers, what provisions can we possibly grow in our gardens that will produce? As it turns out, a lot! Just in time to plan for a great 2016 garden season, join master gardener Margaret Rode in a fruitful discussion of seeds and plants that are specially adapted for our conditions. Learn about sources for high altitude seeds, easy tactics for getting an early start on things, and choosing varieties that are tough, hardy, AND productive.
2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13
Suitable for: Teens and Adults
Sometimes love hurts. Sometimes love can be deadly. Cue the ominous music…
Kick off Valentine’s weekend with a mystery. Here’s the scenario: A harmless date between four couples quickly turns sour as a murder among the group brings out old wounds and secrets. With everyone having something to hide, who could have committed the murder? Is one of the friends a murderer or does someone working in the restaurant have a greater secret to tell?
6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12
Suitable for: Teens
Please register in advance.
Although “watch the birdie” relates to old fashioned photography, we’re talking about friends who light up our skies and trails during this time of the year.
Winter white creates a perfect backdrop to make local birds stand out, so we’re taking a cue from nature and invite you to join Evergreen Audubon and Evergreen Nature Center in celebrating the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Learn more about your flighty neighbors through games, conservation crafts and (of course) bird watching. Who knows, you might catch a glimpse of a Western Scrub Jay, a Killdeer or even a Pine Sisken.
Grab your binoculars and learn about your fine feathered friends of Colorado. Start a new family tradition! You won’t believe how easy it is to become a citizen scientist in your own backyard. We’re kicking off the three-day event by turning birdfeeders and local trails into literal field labs. Register online one week in advance. Limit: 25 participants.
1 – 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 12
Suitable for: Ages 6-12