Have you ever used your smartphone to locate the nearest coffee shop? Do you wear a fitness tracker? Have you used Google Earth?
All of these useful and fun tools are examples of geotechnologies. Today’s maps can actually help to make the world safer, healthier, and smarter.
Join geographer and educator Joseph Kerski for a journey through some of the major issues of our 21st century world to discover how maps are changing the ways we understand our planet. Map everything from real-time airplane locations to your last hike, explore some of the major challenges facing our 21st-century world, and discover why maps still matter.
6 p.m. Tuesday, December 1
Here’s something new to try on our website! It’s the Miami Book Fair. Join thousands of readers and writers who flock by the thousands to the biggest literary party.
Starting today, Friday, November 20 at 1 p.m. and running through Sunday, Book View Now & PBS are on the ground in Miami providing LIVE interviews with some of the country’s most prestigious authors and giving viewers an inside look at the fair. Coverage will be led by Jeffrey Brown Senior Correspondent and Chief Arts Correspondent for PBS NewsHour and Book View Now host Rich Fahle.
You can also watch it at here - http://BookViewNow.org - plus select PBS station websites, and the WORLDChannel.org. In addition, select segments will be archived and available for on-demand viewing on http://pbs.org, PBS station websites and all PBS video apps, including iPhone, iPad, Xbox, Roku and Apple TV, and YouTube.
Is your favorite author one of the featured? Check out the schedule.
Featured authors include:
- Three of the five finalists for National Book Award Young People’s Literature (announced Nov. 18) - Neal Shusterman, Ali Benjamin, Steve Sheinkin
- Dav Pilkey, mega bestseller for Captain Underpants
- Congressman John Lewis (Civil Rights pioneer and co-author of graphic novels March Book One and Book Two
- Dave Barry
- Melissa de la Cruz (bestselling YA author)
- Sandra Cisneros
- Mitch Albom
- Paula McClain (book club favorites The Paris Wife, Circling the Sun)
- Sara Gruen (book club favorites Water for Elephants, At the Water’s Edge)
- Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize Winning biographer (most recent is buzzed The Witches: Salem 1692)
- Ted Koppel
- Actor / author / playwright / novelist / historian Eric Bogosian
- Actors Paul Giamatti and David David Strathairn
- National Book Award Finalist Angela Flournoy (for the Detroit-based novel, The Turner House)
- Actors Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) and Jesse Eisenberg
- P.J. O’Rourke
- National Book Award Finalist Lauren Groff
- National Book Award Finalist Adam Johnson
- National Book Award Finalist Sally Mann
- several other National Book Award finalists in fiction, nonfiction and poetry
- Rabbi Harold Kushner
- Actor and graphic novel memoirist John Leguizamo
- Actress Rosie Perez
You don’t have to travel or go anywhere. We invite you to enjoy books and authors in the comfort of your own home. Happy viewing!
Give thanks for things to do at your library
Here comes Thanksgiving week, everybody! The kids are out of school and we’re all excited for the feast. If you’re searching for fun activities to keep the family entertained, look no further than the following Jeffco Library locations.
Thanksgiving Week Fun - Paint it! Kids age 5 and up can stop by and get creative with this exciting hands-on paint project!
- 1 - 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23
Family Movie Night-Pocahontas (G) 85 minutes. Join us for a special Thanksgiving week family movie night! Rediscover the Disney movie Pocahontas (1995), which was awarded two Oscars, for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score and Best Original Song for "Colors of the Wind."
- 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24
Thanksgiving Week Fun - Craft it! Kids age 5 and up can stop by to get crafty and make something unique!
- 1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.25
Teen Time: Book Pumpkins. It may be a few days after Thanksgiving, but hey, why not get a start on next year's decorations?! It's never too late to make a book pumpkin. Although if you wanna be "seasonal" with it, I suppose you could make a book snowman...
- 4 - 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30
Star Wars Fun Parties. There will be activities, crafts, treats and adventures. Come in costume on if you'd like to add to the fun!
- 3 - 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23
- 3 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24
- 3 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25
Turkey Tuesday. Gobble! Gobble! We'll have turkey-themed storytimes, build-a-turkey- LEGO time, and a movie - An American Tail (Rated G). Drop in for some fun.
- 12:30 p.m. -- All Ages, Turkey Storytime and Craft
- 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. -- LEGO Turkey Time
- 3 p.m. - Movie: An American Tail
- 7 p.m. - Family Night Turkey Storytime and Craft
Matinee Madness – “Terminator: Genisys”: Prepare your best Arnold Schwarzenegger imitation and watch as John Connor is bound to safeguard the future, sending Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor. It wouldn't be a blockbuster without an unexpected turn of events, though, so come see what happens. We’ll have popcorn and lemonade. Bring a pillow if you’re a floor-sitter. PG-13. Run time is 119 min.
- 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
Know when to fold 'em with LOL (Lakewood Origami Lovers). Fold some spectacular shapes. It's easier than it looks! Drop-ins welcome & paper provided. Newbies to origami are welcome as we will have a guided project. More advanced crafters are also welcome to come and work on their own projects, collaborate or teach others. Ages 12+ Children under 8 may attend with an adult.
- 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 comes to theaters on November 20, and with it the sinking realization that Hunger Games fans will have nothing else to do but reread the series (possibly for the tenth time). Supplement your reread with a couple of these books so that you can feel closer to your favorite character as you attempt to learn more about their hobbies.
I don’t know about you, but increasing my (nonexistent) abilities to protect myself became a big priority after I finished the Hunger Games trilogy and realized that seventeen year old Katniss Everdeen was significantly better equiped to deal with the apocalypse that I could ever hope to be. Increase your chances of protecting yourself in a post-apocalyptic dystopia by reading Brian J. Sorrells’ Beginner’s Guide to Traditional Archery.
Unlike my relationship with Katniss and her hobbies, I totally relate to how Peeta Mellark was able to work through some of his issues by baking. There really is nothing like baking a delicious cake from scratch to help release your stress after a long day at work. Or, in Peeta's case, after long months of torture and mental abuse. If you want to discover just how therapeutic baking can be, get a primer from The Baking Bible by Rose Levy Beranbuam.
I was considered a fidgeter in school and while I in no way think that my high school drama ever compares with everything that Finnick Odair goes through in Mockingjay, I do think that I would have benefited from stealing his knot tying trick. If you need something to do with your hands, or if you’re just interested in knots, learn how to tie them with Why Knot? How To Tie More Than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving and Secure Knots by Phillipe Petit.
If Katniss hadn’t already made me rethink my post-apocalypse survival strategy, her little sister Prim’s preteen apprenticeship as a medic definitely would have. I am pretty that I do not have what it takes to heal people. If you’re like me, be grateful that we have access to The Medical Gardening Handbook by Dede Cummings. If we read it now, there’s a higher chance we won’t be completely incompetent if the need to use herbs we collected in the woods to save a life ever arises.
Never seen the Hunger Games movies? Want to reread the series or check out the movie companion before Mockingjay P2 comes out? Have a hankering to listen to the other movies' soundtracks? We have all that an more in our catalog!
PS: Teen can join us at Columbine Library for our Teen Movie Club on November 25th to discuss the first book and then watch the movie!
Being a mile above sea level, Colorado bakers face interesting challenges. Fortunately for us, Randi Levin, a.k.a. The Muffin Lady is here to help. Randi learned to bake from her beloved grandmother in Pennsylvania. When she moved to Colorado for college, she noticed that the family recipes just didn’t come out the way they used to. Enter a science professor who enlightened her. “That was the day I learned that in higher elevations, the air pressure is much lower, the air is much drier, and that in baked goods, the hot air balloon effect takes over.”
Just in time for your holiday bake fest, come meet Randi Levin and pick up some tips and recipes. Remember, the right attitude makes baking fun. The right altitude [adjustments] make baking successful. And, as always, the main ingredient is love.
2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14
Stop daydreaming and join us to create a beautiful dream catcher. A fascinating Native American tradition, dream catchers are intended to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. The dream catcher, when hung over or near your bed swinging freely in the air, catches the dreams as they flow by. Positive dreams enter through the center of the ring and slide down the feathers to the sleeping person while negative dreams get caught in the web.
Now that the days are shorter and the nights longer, it’s a great time to make something that may enhance your sleep!
2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14
It’s time to reconnect with Connect for Health Colorado. Launched last year, Connect for Health Colorado (connectforhealthco.com) is the non-profit health insurance marketplace established by state law in response to the Affordable Health Care Act. It is the one-stop, online marketplace designed to help Coloradans find the best health plan for their needs and find out if they are eligible for federal financial assistance to help them pay for coverage.
There’s a lot to understand and the process can be confusing. The Belmar Library is here to help!
Belmar Library is once again a Certified Assistance Site, where you can meet with a Certified Health Coverage Guide to explore Connect for Health Colorado and understand your options.
Personal assistance will be available at the Belmar Library at the following dates and times:
- 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4
- 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6
- 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13
- 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18
- 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20
- 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25
- 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2
- 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4
- 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7
- 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9
- 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11
- 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14
- 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16
- 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18
- 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21
- 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23
- 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28
- 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
- 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4
- 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6,
- 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8,
- 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11
- 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13
- 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15
- 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20
- 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22
- 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25
- 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27
- 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29
Here’s to your health!
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...a farm boy, a jedi, a smuggler, a wookie, a sith lord, two droids and a princess walk into a bar, quite literally, and set the stage, for the ultimate battle of good vs. evil, and the Star Wars universe was born! If you're like me, and a few million other fans, you only watched Monday Night Football last week to see the, latest and last, trailer for Star Wars the Force Awakens, and it didn't disappoint. Now you ask, what is a diehard fan to do, between now and December 18th?
READ of course! and attend an upcoming Star Wars Program @ your local library.
(If you missed, or even if you didn't, the Star Wars the Force Awakens trailer, check out the video at the bottom of this post!)
Happy Reading and May the Force be With You!!!
Do you have the write stuff? A passion for the pen? Are you already working on your first novel or fanfic? Or is poetry your thing? Whatever your writing interest, the Teen Writing Group is for you. This monthly workshop offers the chance to share your writing, get feedback from like-minded peers, sharpen your skills, and discuss a variety of topics. Use your words!
4:00 p.m. Monday, November 2
4:00 p.m. Monday, December 7
Grades 6 - 12
I recently heard Rae Pica speak on the importance of moving while learning. This is active learning; engaging the body and mind. Research shows children learn best when they experience new ideas and concepts through play and movment. In an article Pica wrote titled In Defense of Active Learning, she explains that moving our bodies helps activate our brains. She had a few cute pre-writing movement ideas I thought would be fun to do at home with your little ones.
- Hand and Finger Activities: Sing "Open, Shut Them". Many libraries sing this song to begin their Storytimes. This song activates the brains of our babies, toddlers, and preschoolers as they practice their hand-eye coordination; a must-have pre-writing skill.
- Sky Writers: Use your index finger to "write" a letter, word, or a name in the sky. This will help your child practice the feeling of straight and curvy. You could take this a step further and pretend to put your sky writer in your belly button or on the tip of your nose while writing the word in the air. Kids love the belly button writer and it's super cute to watch too!
- The Above, Below, and On movement: Tape a line on the floor, use the straight edge of a rug or strech a ribbon across the floor and jump above the line, below the line, or on the line. This will help your child understand where to start and where to finish writing lower case and upper case letters. After playing this game, practice writing letters, words, or names on paper.
- Build a Story: Start a story and take turns adding to the plot creating the beginning, middle, and end of a story. For example, you could start this activity by saying, " Once there was a dog who..." and let your child add the next idea. Then you, or another family member contributes the following part of the story. This activity demonstrates the beginning, middle, and end of a story. It's a great way to pass the time in the car too!
-The Mirror Game: This game is important for replicating what the eye sees. This replication is what learning to write is all about. Stand infront of your child and take turns mimicing each others' movements. You and your child should try to move as if you were seeing a reflection of yourself in the mirror. Lucy does it best in this video clip below. Lucy is a crack up and I think this should have you and your child smiling too! Go ahead, throw on that Halloween costume while you do this!
Come to one of our 'Movin and Grovin' Fests'. The next fest is this Saturday, October 24th, at the Arvada Library and the Evergreen Library from 11:00am-4:00pm. We will have crafts!
Photo Credit: Neville Nel