Colorado author Cynthia Swanson is coming to Arvada Library to discuss her debut novel, The Bookseller. The Library Journal describes her book as “a stunner of a debut novel, astonishingly tight and fast paced. The 1960s tone is elegant and even, and Kitty's journey is intriguing.”
Set in Denver in the 1960s, the story features Kitty who runs a local bookstore with her best friend when she finds the line between her reality and dreams blurred.
Swanson is a student of the Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop and lives in Washington Park with her husband and three children.
Tuesday, August 4
Have you ever wondered how that app works on your phone? Do you like solving puzzles and gaming?
Register for the Jefferson County Public Library Coding Camp for Teens and learn what it takes to become a computer programmer.
At this two week camp, you’ll learn computer programming, improve creative problem solving skills and have fun as you explore the basics of writing code. You'll gain an understanding of the basics of computer programming and complete a web page. Take advantage of this experience and work along side some of Colorado's best mentors from the tech industry. No experience necessary!
July 27 through August 7
Teens ages 14 - 18
Monday - Friday
2 - 5 p.m.
Registration is limited and available online. Or call 303-235-5275.
Have you or someone you know always wanted to join a book club but find it difficult to get to the library to participate?
Check out our new Dial a Book Club. From the comfort of your own home, you can connect with other readers and take part in fun and engaging discussions resulting from reading.
The process is simple. Once a month, you’ll use your phone or computer to join a conference call at a prearranged date and time. One of our amazing volunteers will moderate the conversation which lasts about one hour. The groups are kept small so everyone gets a chance to be heard, and conversations get lively as you discuss your favorite authors, choose future books to read, and chat with others.
You’ll be matched with people who share similar reading interests and groups vary by fiction and nonfiction, and genre, like biography and history; general fiction, mystery, romance, historical fiction, westerns, and inspirational reads.
Sign up now or share the news with a friend. When we get enough members signed up for a group, we’ll assign a volunteer and a new club begins.
For more information about Dial a Book Club, or to volunteer as a moderator, call JCPL’s Library2You at 303-275-6173.
College application time already? Does it seem like just the other day your babies were running around in diapers? Now they are driving and figuring out what they want to do when they graduate. If college is in their future, now is the time to think about leaving the nest and applying for colleges.
We're excited to be hosting two great events for teens and their parents to help you begin the college preparation process. Both workshops will be held in our Evergreen Library and are facilitated by Karen Fong Donoghue, college admissions consultant.
College Application Workshop
1 p.m. Saturday, August 1
Gain an edge in the college application process by:
- Understanding components involved in a college application
- Learning how to complete either a Common Application or CU Application
- Learning how to write a winning primary college essay
- Formulating timelines to complete all college applications in a manageable and strategic manner
Please bring (if possible):
- Personal Laptop
- Updated Unofficial Transcript
- Copies of Test Scores (SAT, ACT, SAT Subject)
- Primary College Essay Draft (Optional – Only if student wants it reviewed)
College Planning 101
6 p.m. Wednesday, August 5
Teens and their parents will discuss college admissions process, understanding how to choose the right college prep curriculum, which standardized tests to take, when and how to find colleges that will be the best fit, and how to get the most college money and scholarships.
Summer Reading programming isn’t just for the little ones. We also have a series of financial education programs just for adults. Invest a little time in yourself and attend one of our adult programs.
Blueprint for Financial Success
This free seminar provides a general overview on building a strong financial foundation.
One-third of Millennials are concerned about finding a stable job and paying off loans.
- 52% of Gen Xers and 53% of Baby Boomers say saving for retirement is a major concern.
- Only one-in-five of those surveyed feel financially prepared for an emergency.
- About one-in-four respondents consider themselves financially savvy.
Does this sound familiar? Join us and get some of your financial questions answered!
Pre-retirement Planning: What to consider before drawing social security.
This free workshop is designed to provide you with an overview of some key concepts you need to be familiar with in order to make educated decisions about Social Security. It also gives you a well-rounded look at Social Security’s benefits and discusses opportunities to optimize these benefits depending on your specific situation.
Getting Started in Investing
Edward Jones financial advisor Sonia McCloskey will give a free 45-minute seminar on investing your money. Patrons will learn how to evaluate investment opportunities, invest on a budget, and better understand the resources that can help them make their investments.
August 3 6 – 7 p.m. Standley Lake
HEAR YE HEAR YE ALL BOOKWORMS, FANGIRLS, FANBOYS, OR ANY FANDOMINIONS OF THE SORT:
The time for the Teen Fandom Contest is nigh!!
Now that you are out of school (hopefully), you finally have the freedom to spend the days reading to your heart’s content, or binge watching shows on Netflix until three in the morning. Why not express that freedom by representing your favorite fandom?
Starting June 17, you can represent a fandom you love by entering the second annual Teen Fandome Contest. This contribution can be in a variety of formats:
- or something else!
This is your chance to release your inner fangirl or fanboy through a creative project! Please submit your entry in person to the Lakewood Library’s Teen Librarian between June 17-July 17. All of the entries will be judged by the Teen Advisory Board on July 22.
But of course, what’s a contest without a celebration? Join us at Lakewood Library for a Costume Party (come in a cosplay as your favorite character!) on Wednesday, July 22, at 6 p.m, where there will be food and the winner of the Fandom Contest will be announced. The winner will receive a $50 visa gift card. Imagine how many books/fandom merch you could get with that!
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 protected]. 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 [email protected] 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