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Always wanted to check out Colorado’s 42 state parks? Now you can. We're excited to now offer Colorado State Parks passes through our Culture Pass and Lucky Day program. You can read the nitty gritty details on how the passes work and how you can get your hands on them, but here’s what you need to know:

  • Valid for all 42 Colorado state parks (Does not include national parks or national monuments)
  • Allows free entry for one carload
  • Does not include camping or fishing fees

Inside the backpack, you’ll find the entry pass; binoculars; Colorado wildlife, trees and wildflowers laminated guides; Guide to Your 42 State Parks; Leave No TraceTM card; activity ideas list; and an evaluation form.

JCPL, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Department of Education and the State Library are pleased to partner in bringing the Check Out Colorado State Parks program to 286 libraries throughout Colorado. 

In case you’re wondering what’s behind this program, it not only provides tremendous learning experiences and encourages healthy activities, it gives everyone the opportunity to experience Colorado’s amazing state parks and all they have to offer. 

We expect these passes to be popular, but don’t despair. We’ve set it up so some are reserveable online and they’re also available as Lucky Day items on a first-come, first-available basis.

We'd love to see your photos in the parks - share it on Instagram @jeffcolibrary #CheckoutColorado. 


Think 8,000 feet above sea level is too high to homestead? Think again! Get tips on high altitude homesteading from a master at Conifer Library. Learn the basics of chickens, goats, bees, food preservation and more from Shantel Scardina of Barefoot Homestead in a series of classes designed for continuous learning. Whether you're interested in starting a full high altitude homestead or just thinking of getting a few chickens for your yard, we're here to help. New students are welcome at any time. 

6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18: Food Preservation

What do you do with all of the food you grew this summer? There are many ways to store and preserve food. We will go over the different options such as water bath canning, pressure canning, and dehydration.

6 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 15: Chicken Keeping

We will take a look at the basics of chicken keeping. We will cover anatomy of both hens and roosters. Basic chick keeping all the way through older hen keeping will be covered. This class is great for the beginning chicken keeper or someone considering chicken keeping as a hobby.

6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20: High Altitude Bee Keeping

Bees are one of the most challenging critters to keep. This class will cover the basics of bee keeping and the challenges faced at our mountain altitude.

6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17: Goats 101

In Goats 101 we will go over the beginner’s information for goat keeping. Discussed will be different species of goats, milk goats, and meat goats. Common illnesses and basic goat husbandry will be covered as well.

6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15: Being Resourceful and Regenerative

Closing this series we will focus on being resourceful and regenerative. Resources are everywhere, all around you and being regenerative is important on a homestead big or small. We will discuss both of these topics, what they mean, and how to use both to create sustainability on our own homestead.


Dark Waters by Chris Goff 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


Grissom Author TalkAuthor 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.

Read more about Kathleen.                                     

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

Destinee, Teen Contributor

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.

You can browse the entire calendar of events or search by age. What are you waiting for? Exercise your brain and Go Read! Go!


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

May 3

May 17

June 7

June 21

July 5

July 19

Aug. 2

Aug. 16

Sep. 16

Sep. 20

Oct. 4

Oct. 18

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.

Standley Lake

1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19


1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24

Standley Lake

1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21


1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept 25

Standley Lake

1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16


Suitable for: Adults