Sadly, Colorado is no stranger to mass shootings. Many of us have been personally touched by the tragic attacks on our friends, families, and communities. We continue to witness the aftermath of one such tragedy as the trial of the Aurora theater shooting plays out in our courtrooms. And just last week we watched in horror as another attack occurred in a South Carolina church.
On Wednesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m. we are hosting an author talk at the Arvada Library on a recent book focusing on mass shootings and the involvement of American youth. Join authors Stephen and Joyce Singular as they discuss The Spiral Notebook: The Aurora Theater Shooter and the Epidemic of Mass Violence Committed by American Youth for an important and difficult conversation.
About the book:
On July 20, 2012, twelve people were killed and fifty-eight wounded at a mass shooting in a movie theater in Colorado. In 1999, thirteen kids at Columbine High School were murdered by their peers. In 2012, twenty children and seven adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. Thirty-two were killed at Virginia Tech. Twelve killed at the Washington Navy Yard. In May 2014, after posting a YouTube video of ‘retribution” and lamenting a life of “loneliness, rejection, and unfulfilled desires,” a lone gunman killed six and wounded seven in Isla Vista. All of these acts of violence were committed by young men between the ages of eighteen and thirty.
Mass violence committed by young people is now an epidemic. In the first fourteen school days of 2014, there were seven school shootings, compared to twenty-eight school shootings in all of 2013. The reasons behind this escalating violence, and the cultural forces that have impugned a generation, is the subject of the important new book The Spiral Notebook.
New York Times-bestselling author Stephen Singular has often examined violence in America in his critically-acclaimed books. Here he has teamed with his wife, Joyce, for their most important work yet — one that investigates why America keeps producing twenty-something mass killers. Their reporting has produced the most comprehensive look at the Aurora shooting yet and draws upon the one group left out of the discussion of violence in America: the twenty-somethings themselves.
While following the legal proceedings in the Aurora shooting, The Spiral Notebook is full of interviews with Generation Z, a group dogged by big pharma and anti-depressants and ADHD drugs, by a doomsday/apocalyptic mentality present since birth, and by an entertainment industry that has turned violence into parlor games.
Provocative and eye-opening, The Spiral Notebook is a glimpse into the forces that are shaping the future of American youth, an entire generation bathed in the violence committed by their peers.
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15
Everybody enjoys a great comic! Now you can learn how to write and illustrate your very own comic in this fun, interactive workshop! Find out what it takes to make a comic from scratch - including character design, setting, story arc, and layout. Then, you can put that knowledge into action through drawing lessons and other unique activities. By the end of the session, you'll have developed your own superheroes, fantasy settings, evil villains, and amazing adventures to share with the world.
And we’d love to see your work. After taking the free workshop, email your comic to: email@example.com. We’ll share your masterpiece in a special teen blog post!
Registration is required. Attendance is limited to 15 participants so please arrive early!
Sunday, June 21 2 p.m.
Saturday, July 11 1 p.m.
If you type LEGO® into YouTube’s search engine, you'll find thousands of clips of small LEGO® mini figures having grand adventures in short videos. These mini-films have exploded as the animations have become easy to produce and share. There are even entire websites dedicated entirely to LEGO® animation, complete with ratings systems, director profiles, contest, and tutorials.
As part of our special Summer Reading 2015 programming, your teens can learn to produce their own stop motion animation videos at one of our free workshops. Check out some of the fun videos that have been made so far! And we want to see more! Send your completed videos or a link to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll share them on our website.
- June 18 3 – 4:30 p.m. Columbine
- June 26 2 – 3:30 p.m. Evergreen
- July 3 5 – 6:30 p.m. Edgewater
- July 14 2 – 3:30 p.m. Standley Lake
- July 18 2 – 3:30 p.m. Golden
- July 21 3 – 4:30 p.m. Golden
- July 21 4 - 5:30 p.m. Belmar Tuesdays @ Four
- July 25 2 – 3:30 p.m. Bookmobile (Ken Caryl & Shaffer stop)
- July 29 2 – 3:30 p.m. Lakewood
- August 1 2 – 3:30 pm. Belmar
Have you ever wished you could hike the Colorado Trail? Join author Bill Cooke as he presents a slideshow of his book, “Shades of Gray, Splashes of Color: A Thru-hike of the Colorado Trail” at the Wheat Ridge Library.
His book chronicles his 2011 hike of the 486-mile trail, the length of which was a personal high for him in 35 years of backpacking. The Colorado Trail makes its way through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, traversing a landscape as changing and diverse as the swirling afternoon clouds presaging the daily summer thunderstorms. Cooke’s book will be available for signing and purchase following the presentation.
2 p.m. Saturday, June 20
Libraries. Each time you walk through the doors you’re likely to find something unexpected. At Standley Lake Library, you’re certain to find that throughout the month of July.
The Standley Lake Library Yarn and Needle Arts Group is relatively new but growing and hopes to do one charitable project a year. Right now, they’re working with the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center to make and collect chemocaps for cancer patients and YOU are invited to participate.
Knitters can attend the Standley Lake Library Yarn and Needle Arts Group to make caps together, or they can knit them at home and drop off caps at the Library.
Not a knitter? That’s ok! You can participate by joining the group and learning to knit. Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in hand arts, and all skill levels are welcome.
The Yarn and Needle Arts Group meets monthly at the Standley Lake Library.
5:30 - 8 p.m. First Thursday of month
You love it! Your favorite book, movie, tv show, or musical artist - it doesn’t matter! Here’s your chance to represent your fandom of your favorite anything in a fun and creative manner.
The contest is open for one month and you can submit your project in person to the Lakewood Library's Teen Librarian between June 17 – July 17. You choose the format the best illustrates your fandom. Creative contributions can be in a variety of formats:
- written stories
- visual art
- digital format
Entries will be judged by the Lakewood Library's Teen Advisory Board at the Lakewood Library on July 22, between 6 - 7:30 p.m. The winner will be announced soon after and will receive a $50 Visa gift card. Entrants must be Colorado Residents between 11 - 18 years of age. Please include your telephone number and/or email address with your entry.
It's almost here...the Golden Library is nearly ready to open and we can't wait to show you!
Mark your calendars to attend the Golden Library Grand Reopening.
Sunday, June 14
noon to 5 p.m.
Our staff will be available to showcase features of the Library and you can sign up to join the 1,000,001-minute Summer reading Challenge and receive prizes (while supplies last).
The Library will be open for business on Saturday the 13th, but the ribbon cutting and grand reopening is planned for Sunday the 14m (to minimize competition with the Golden Music Festival being held right across the creek).
Whenever you come, we're looking forward to showing off our new spaces and reconnecting with old friends!
See you soon!
Wow! We are just one week into the Read 1,000,001 Minutes Challenge, you’ve surprised and shocked us all!
We knew Jefferson County liked reading. We knew you liked Summer Reading. But clearly, we didn’t set the bar high enough.
So, we’re raising the bar – let’s go for 10 million minutes!
Your enthusiasm is creating an infectious energy throughout the county and we want to keep it going!
The Summer Reading Challenge runs through August 14. Get your family and friends to sign up. Challenge them to read, log minutes, and win prizes! We award our first 98 prize winners this week, with more than 2 million dollars in donated prizes to give away throughout the summer.
Weekly prize drawings, ranging from movie tickets to Karate Birthday Parties, from martial arts lessons to concert tickets, from Rheinlander’s Bakery Cakes to free meals at area restaurants are just waiting to be given away to anyone who is registered and logging time each week.
And, to keep things interesting, we’re add surprizes. We have secret “reading shoppers” in the community looking for readers. Get caught reading and you could win!
Thanks for playing, and let’s hit that 10 million minute goal!
Students from the Rocky Mountain Deaf School have joined our Summer Reading challenge to read 1,000,001 minutes. You should too!
We spent some time at the school yesterday and shot this fun little video. The students, faculty and staff were amazing and couldn’t wait to sign up today to track their reading time and win prizes.
Make reading a part of your summer plans! Register Now: jeffcolibrary.org/summerreading
We want to make YOU a star by showing off your writing, art, and more. All you have to do is be between the ages of 11 and 18 and send us your work. We're looking for:
-Fanfiction (1500 words or less)
Have something amazing that's not on this list? Send it to us anyway! We want to show the world how awesomely talented Jeffco teens are!