Join us when Colorado Author Chris Goff discusses and signs her highly regarded new book, Dark Waters: A Thriller. Since its debut in 2015, Dark Waters has thrilled critics as a rollercoaster read about international espionage.
About the book
Raisa “Rae” Jordan, an agent for the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, isn't in Israel for more than a day before her predecessor is assassinated in a Tel Aviv square. Assigned to investigate the assassination of one of her own, she must also protect Judge Ben Taylor and his teenage daughter. They may be the next targets and are most certainly being threatened by a desperate cadre of terrorists with their sights set on the Secretary of State's upcoming visit. But is an attack on the Secretary of State all that they have planned or is that just the beginning?
About Christine Goff
A former journalist, Goff began her career writing non-fiction for several local newspapers in Summit County, Colorado, as well as articles for regional and national publication. She later edited rock and ice-climbing guides for Chockstone Press, worked in graphic production for “Living the Good News,” a division of The Morehouse Publishing Group, and taught writing workshops for the Colorado Free University, the University of Colorado (multiple campuses), and at writer's conferences internationally. A long-standing member of multiple writing organizations, she has served on several local, regional and national boards, including Mystery Writers of America.
Don’t miss your chance to hear and meet Christine Goff.
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2
Suitable for: Adults
Author Kathleen Grissom will be visiting the Wheat Ridge Library by phone at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 4. Please arrive no later than 9:15 a.m. We’ll enjoy a continental breakfast and coffee before Kathleen calls us to discuss her book by phone.
Kathleen Grissom joins Wheat Ridge Library’s Thursday morning book group to discuss her new book, Glory Over Everything. The author of the New York Times bestseller and beloved book club favorite The Kitchen House continues the story of Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and master of Tall Oakes, whose deadly secret compels him to take a treacherous journey through the Underground Railroad.
The Kitchen House was published in 2010 and became a grassroots bestseller. Grissom’s fans connected so deeply to the book’s characters that she found herself being asked over and over “what happens next?”
Glory Over Everything opens in 1830, and Jamie, who fled from the Virginian plantation he once called home, is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith. After many years of striving, Jamie has achieved acclaim and security, only to discover that his aristocratic lover Caroline is pregnant. Before he can reveal his real identity to her, he learns that his beloved servant Pan has been captured and sold into slavery in the South. Pan’s father, to whom Jamie owes a great debt, pleads for Jamie’s help, and Jamie agrees, knowing the journey will take him perilously close to Tall Oakes and the ruthless slave hunter who is still searching for him. Meanwhile, Caroline’s father learns and exposes Jamie’s secret, and Jamie loses his home, his business, and finally Caroline.
Heartbroken and with nothing to lose, Jamie embarks on a trip to a North Carolina plantation where Pan is being held with a former Tall Oakes slave named Sukey, who is intent on getting Pan to the Underground Railroad. Soon the three of them are running through the Great Dismal Swamp, the notoriously deadly hiding place for escaped slaves. Though they have help from those in the Underground Railroad, not all of them will make it.
Praise for Glory Over Everything: “ Five years after her novel The Kitchen House turned a stunning light on the lives at a Virginia plantation before the Civil War, Kathleen Grissom again takes up the generations of a family as they fight their way not only to a life of freedom, but to a life that matters. Everyone moving through these pages, especially James Pyke, established in this story as a durable character of American fiction, is tangled in a great web of secrets too important to keep and too dangerous to tell. Grissom has done the near-impossible: she has kept the tension alive, tension that doesn’t let up until the final page.” (Jacqueline Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean and Two if by Sea)
Wheat Ridge Library's Thursday morning book group takes it up a notch with a visit from Author and Editor Ann Marie. She'll be discussing her book, Letters to Ann: The Korean War 1950-51. "Letters to Ann" is a series of heartwarming and humorous letters written to a four year-old girl from her dad while he served as a medical officer in the Korean War. The ultimate question in this true story is whether the solider makes it back home.
Ann Marie began her career in journalism as a television news reporter and morning anchor in Albuquerque, N.M. She then attended law school and practiced as a trial litigation attorney in Denver. After semi-retiring, she turned to editing and published this first book, which was a double-winner at the juried 2014 Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. It received third place for editing and first place for military/military history.
Suitable for: Adults
9 a.m. Thursday, July 21
Every day, you capture something beautiful. It may be a picture of the sun sitting on the horizon. It could be a sketch of a girl sitting in a corner. It could be a sculpture of a butterfly. Whatever you create, we want it.
The Belmar Teen Advisory Board is looking for your art. If you send your art in, it will have a chance to be displayed in the August art exhibit. To enter, you must be between the ages of 12 and 18. To submit, you may email Librarian Lisa, or drop off your work at library before July 15. If your work is chosen, you will be notified by July 22. The exhibit will open with an artist’s reception on August 2.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. With your art, you must include the dimensions, artists name, age, grade, school, title, medium, and year of creation
2. You can unfortunately, only submit five pieces of art
3. You will be notified by July 22 if your art is included
4. Your art must be dropped off at the library before July 30
We are excepting most forms of art, including paintings, sketches, photos, sculptures, structures, and ceramics. If you have any questions, please email Librarian Lisa.
Way to go, Jeffco! We have officially met the halfway point of our Summer Reading marathon goal of 26.2 million minutes. While we know this is a lofty and ambitious goal, we believe you can make it happen. We are already ahead of where we were last year, both in registered readers and minutes.
Keep reading! Keep signing up your friends and family! Keep logging your minutes! We still have plenty of water bottles (and sippy cups for the under 3 crowd!). There’s also a free Chipotle kid’s meal or burrito for teens (BOGO for adults), and a free ice McDonald’s ice cream cone when you hit the hallway point.
And when you reach your end goal, you’ll have earned your free book!
Remember – everything you read counts! Books, audiobooks, ebooks, menus, magazines, business reports – even cereal boxes! You read more than you probably think each day so make the minutes count!
So let’s do it. Let’s keep going! Let’s zoom pass last year’s 18 million minutes and finish this marathon!
As the temperature approaches 100 degrees in Colorado, why not enjoy some amazing Summer Reading events for the entire family at your local library.
If you haven’t visited the Summer Reading events page, check it out. We have something for everyone, from butterfly and karate classes for the little ones, to laser tag and escape rooms for the teens. And adults, we didn’t forget about you. Fitness, yoga, cooking and more are waiting for you to explore. All the Summer Reading events are based around the Go Read. Go! theme.
Get your art on at our ongoing open workshop at the Conifer Library. Not a Rembrandt? Not to worry because we invite all skill levels to learn how to better use the visual vocabulary of shape, value, color, line, texture and edges. Led by Evergreen artist Chris McAllister, we'll explore these concepts in still life, landscape, portrait and figure paintings. Bring in a project you’re already working on or join in on a group project. You're welcome to work in oil or acrylic paints; simply bring your own painting supplies. Our ongoing classes are designed for continuous learning in an open, individualized environment. New students are welcome at any time. Come paint the town, well, whatever color you want.
6 p.m. Tuesdays
Suitable for: Adults
Now we're cookin'! Do you love browsing through cookbooks? Do you adore trying new recipes or cooking techniques? Do you enjoy sampling and sharing new dishes? Well, hang onto your spatula; we have just the group for you.
Here's how it works: We'll have a theme every month. Any group members can bring a prepared dish from either one of the cookbooks chosen or their own! (Of course, it's not mandatory to bring food; you're welcome to come for ideas and an exchange of food prep information.) It doesn't matter if you're new to the kitchen or if you can make a soufflé with your eyes closed. Either way, everyone eats and has fun.
1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22 *Please bring cookies to share.
1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19
1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24
1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21
1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept 25
1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16
Suitable for: Adults
In today's competitive job market, it's smart to have teens get started early with job experience. They'll not only like the paycheck, they can also learn the value of money - especially if parents request some help with cell phone bills and gas. Working is a great way to hone interpersonal skills too. Think about it, this is not just the time to prepare for a career - it's also great teaching about how to deal with various kinds of people, which is what awaits teens in coming years. These are just a few reasons why it's important for teens to get a job (or volunteer). It's never too early to start working on that resume.
On Saturday, May 14, Belmar Library will have American Job Center on hand to assist with resume prep and interview skills. Several local employers are invited to attend too, so plan to make a good impression. Employers will be able to answer any questions and accept applications on the spot.
12 p.m. Saturday, May 14
Suitable for: Teens
Here, kitty kitty! Celebrate National Pet Month with us at the Arvada Library! Come make an adorable catnip-filled crochet yarn ball for your favorite feline. All yarn and crochet hooks supplied. What’s cuter than watching a cat go crazy with a catnip toy? (Think of the video possibilities!)
Then on May 7, join the Foothills Animal Shelter at the library from noon to 3 p.m. They’ll bring animals available for adoption. Just think, you could have a new furry friend to curl up with you when you read!
1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4
12 p.m. Saturday, May 7
Suitable for: Adults