November 23-24: All libraries will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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
Register now for Monday's special presentation with author Ann Ross through the Libary to You's special Author Phone Talk. Listen in as Ann Ross discusses the writing, characters and plots of the popular Miss Julia mystery series. One fan pegs the infamous Miss Julia as “a strong, sassy, Southern woman transformed by dramatic and sometimes comical circumstances outside her control.” The sixteenth in the series, Miss Julia Lays Down the Law is perhaps the steel magnolia’s most exciting adventure yet.
We'll be live tweeting throughout the talk, so if you haven't already followed us on Twitter, be sure to do so here.
About the Book
At first, Miss Julia and the other A-list ladies are pleased to be invited over to newcomer Connie Clayborn’s for coffee, but the afternoon turns into a slap in the face when their snobby hostess spouts nonstop criticism about Abbotsville. Why, how dare she?
Days later, Miss Julia decides to confront Connie woman to woman, but when she arrives, Connie is lying on the kitchen floor—lifeless in a pool of blood. Who could have done this? Miss Julia will need to find out fast—particularly because her fingerprints are now all over the crime scene...
We welcome 100 participants to listen to the presentation and then have questions answered by the author! Submit your questions and comments when you register at [email protected] or by calling 303.275.6173.
Date: Monday, November 16, 2015
Time: 1 – 2 p.m. MT
Location: We’ll call the number you register with, so listen in from wherever y'all are!
Check out the book from Jeffco Library. Also, autographed copies of Ms. Ross’ books are available from her hometown bookstore, The Fountainhead Bookstore. Call 828-697-1870 to order and be sure to mention “Jeffco Library” for special autograph and inscription requests.
Limited to the first 100 registrants.
THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
In the middle stages of Alzheimer's, those who were once care-partners become hands-on caregivers. Join us to hear caregivers and professionals discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care during the time when dementia and support evolve. This free, two-part class is presented by experts from the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado.
Registration is required. Participants should plan to attend both three-hour sessions.
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 1 - Part 1
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 8 - Part 2
Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. We’re kicking off Teen Read Week by highlighting some of the programs and opportunities Jeffco Library offers exclusively for teens.
Teen Advisory Board
We include actual teenagers in the decisions we make regarding teen programming and materials. Every library has its own TAB (Teen Advisory Board), a group of teens interested in becoming more involved in their library and community. These teens work with our Teen Services staff to give input on library YA collections, contribute to the Teen blog, help create teen programming, volunteer at events, organize community service projects, and influence how their library serves teens. Want to learn more about joining your local TAB? Just ask your local Teen librarian.
Teen Blog Submissions
We love highlighting our teens’ amazing talent! Teens can submit their original creative writing, editorials, book/movie reviews, photography, or artwork to be featured on our Teen Blog. Check out what’s been posted recently and submit your own work.
Our Teen Services Coordinator has incredible connections that get our teens exclusive access to FREE passes to advanced screenings of hot movies, like Goosebumps and Me & Earl & The Dying Girl. Join her email list so you can learn about upcoming advanced screening passes too!
After Dark Events
Ever wonder what your local library’s like after hours? Many of our libraries become TEEN ONLY zones once a month by offering programing that takes place after we’ve kicked everyone else out of the library. Find an After Dark event at your library.
Teens can get homework help from Colorado School of Mines student volunteers every Wednesday and Thursday at the Golden Library.
Our Teen Services staff puts on more programs and events for teens than we can count; LEGO Clubs, movie nights, writing workshops, and more! See all our Teen events right here.
You can learn more about Teen Read Week and join the conversation about it on Twitter with #TRW15.