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
Wheat Ridge Library
4 p.m. Wednesday, May 4
Suitable for: Kids
There’s nothing quite like being on a hike and encountering a wild animal in its natural habitat, especially when you’re a kid who’s experiencing the glory of nature for the first time. All of a sudden, your curiosity is piqued and you want to know more about the natural world and its inhabitants!
If you've ever wondered what a bear thinks about, why a gopher grins, or pondered the doings of deer, this program is "fur sure" up your alley. Get wild in Wheat Ridge as you discover the clues left by wild animals and participate in fun activities with authentic props.
Are you an expert? Enthusiast? Tinkerer? Artist? Engineer?
Golden Library's DIYLab is looking for you!
Beginning May 5th, the DIYLab will be open every Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30pm for experimenting, tinkering, engineering and artistry. We have sewing machines, soldering irons, knitting needles, digital transfer equipment, crochet hooks, an electronic cutting machine, a serger, Dremel tools, robotics components, and more!
What we don't have is you! If you'd be interested in sharing your "very particular set of skills" with your neighbors - either by leading a demonstration, or as an Open Lab maker-in-residence for a Thursday evening (or two!) please let us know at DIYGolden@jeffcolibrary.org.
Calling future architects and engineers! Have fun while putting basic engineering principles to the test using KĒVA® planks -- uniform wood blocks ideal for construction challenges.
Fun Fact: The tallest KĒVA® tower was 51 feet, 8 inches, built at the National Building Museum in Washington DC in 2006. This is your chance to try to out-do it! Climb aboard the KĒVA® revolution and build your skills.
1 p.m. Saturday, April 30
Suitable for: Ages 6 and up
3 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 23
Suitable for: Grades 6-12
Choose your weapons and battle for honor and glory. It’s time for Cupcake Wars at the Golden Library. Come fully prepared to impress the judges. We’ll give you a set amount of time along with a challenging list of ingredients. Think you’ve got what it takes? On your mark, get set, DECORATE!
Space is limited, so register one week in advance. All supplies will be provided. And here’s the best news…You’ll be able to enjoy the spoils of war. SuhWEET.