Storytelling has been part of Jewish religion and custom from earliest times, and to this day remains a defining aspect of Jewish life. The best part is that you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy these stories. With humor, warmth and wisdom, Jewish stories entertain, teach and fascinate listeners of all ages and backgrounds.
Explore Jewish culture through a fun series of stories and activities presented by Judaism in the Foothills, B’nai Chaim, Jewish Colorado and PJ Library. We’ll even send you home with a free kid’s book.
2 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 17
2 p.m. Sunday, May 1
2 p.m. Sunday, May 8
2 p.m. Sunday, May 29
2 p.m. Sunday, June 12
2 p.m. Sunday, June 26
Suitable for: Ages 2-8
OneBook 4 Colorado, the popular reading program that puts books in the hands of young children and encourages families to read together is back, with events and book giveaways scheduled April 11-25 throughout the state. This year’s book is Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and we’re giving it away to every 4-year-old (in English AND Spanish) that visits a Jeffco library between today and April 25!
Giles Andreae will be hosting a live Google Hangout on April 19 at 9:00 a.m. and you can join the chat with him on One Book 4 Colorado’s Google+ page. Ask the author questions and find out more about this year’s book!
Eager minds wanted. Like to create, build, play… and challenge yourself? Columbine STEAM Power is your chance to learn and explore. Each month is based on one aspect of STEAM so there are various programs for several interests.
Here are the upcoming monthly themes:
April: Because MATH (Math Challenge)
5 p.m. Monday, April 11
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13
2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17
May: What's the MATTER? (Odd States of Matter)
5 p.m. Monday, May 9
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11
2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15
June: Rockin' Robotics (Beginning Robotics)
5 p.m. Monday, June 6
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8
2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12
Suitable for: Ages 7+
Which one of your favorite stuffed snuggle friends is ready for an overnight adventure at the library? Bring us that lucky furry friend for a library sleepover and we promise to take very good care of them. Each fuzzy friend will leave the next day, along with a fun photo of their overnight antics. Drop off during open hours Wednesday or Thursday and pick up on Friday or Saturday.
9 a.m. Wednesday, Apr. 13
9 a.m. Thursday, Apr. 14
9 a.m. Friday, Apr. 15
9 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 16
Suitable for: Ages 4+
Fun Fact: Our bookmobile provides many of the same services as your local library! You can pick up requests, grab Lucky Day items, check out tablets, books, magazines and DVDs. Come on board to discover our services, learn something new about bookmobiles, and use our free WiFi.
National Bookmobile Day is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities. This year it starts on Wednesday, April 13 and we’re celebrating it with a two-week open house from Tuesday, April 12, through Friday, April 22! Meet us and join the party!
All Colorado 4-year-olds can get a copy of same book this spring! JCPL is once again partnering with OneBook 4 Colorado to give away 75,000 copies of the same book (in English and Spanish) to every 4-year-old in Colorado from April 11-25 in all Jeffco library locations! Reading with preschoolers every day helps get kids ready to learn to read in kindergarten, and getting free books into homes makes that easier.
We’re also hosting a super special Toddler Time and Family Time with an extra special guest at Columbine Library on the morning of April 11, so mark your calendars and we’ll see you there!
Monday, April 4, is a day worth celebrating! It's the first day of JCPL's expanded schedule, which restores Library service hours to pre-recession levels.
Beginning Monday, JCPL’s larger libraries (Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Evergreen, Golden, Lakewood and Standley Lake) will be open 65 hours a week (up from 51), and the smaller libraries (Conifer, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge) will be open from 40.5 to 48 hours per week.
In honor of this very special occasion, volunteers will be on hand to hand out cookies and balloons (compliments of the Library Foundation; while supplies last), and staff will be on hand to showcase other exciting enhancements, including more books and materials and updated technology.
This is an important day for JCPL and Jefferson County, and we hope you'll stop by to celebrate with us!
Peeple's Choice Award Ceremony
1 p.m. Saturday, April 16
Submissions Due: Friday, April 1
Voting: April 1 – 14
Golden Library is hosting its first annual literary diorama contest! Use your leftover Peeps marshmallow treats to create a scene from one of your favorite books. Bring your creation to the library and fill out an entry form by April 1, then vote for your favorites in four distinct age categories:
- Kids ages 4-10
- Teens ages 11-17
- Adults aged 18+
- Family/multiple creators/group creations
On April 16 we’ll award the prizes. We can’t wait to peep into your favorite book!
The Silhouette Cameo is an electronic cutting tool that's awesome for all kinds of DIY projects. Scrapbookers and crafty folks – prepare to be amazed. Using this "cutting edge" machine, you can cut custom designs in paper, cardstock, vinyl, and other materials. We love showing our Silhouette Cameo machine off, so come see it in action!
12 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 12
6 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 22
3 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 7
Wahoo – It’s Spring Break Fun time! Put away those mittens (unless the weather is still pretending to be winter) and check out your local library for some fun. Take a look at all the amazing ways to you can spend a few hours!
Kids of all ages are invited to drop in at 1 p.m. each day. Here's what we have planned:
Monday, Mar. 21 - Stop by and make an amazing bookmark!
Tuesday, Mar. 22 – Make a wonderfully colorful windsock.
Wednesday, Mar. 23 - Be a real flower child making fork-painted spring tulips.
Thursday, Mar. 24 - Calling all LEGO® fans and Keva plank fans too! What story will your project tell? We provide the building materials.
Friday, Mar. 25 - Double Feature Friday: 1 p.m. - Goosebumps [PG], 3 p.m. - Monkey Kingdom [G]
Monday, Mar. 28 - Join us for a funny take on the fairy tale classic, Rumpelstiltskin, and then make your own puppet. Please bring a wooden spoon so you can make a special wooden puppet, or use one of ours. Show times are 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Build Your Own Super Hero Identity
3 p.m., Monday - Friday, Mar. 21 - 25
Join us for super hero activities Monday through Friday from 3-5 p.m. Drop-ins are welcome. Suitable for: All ages
Super Hero and Movie Time: The Incredibles [PG] 1h 55min
3 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 22
A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. Suitable for: All ages
Movie and Super Hero Time: Guardians of the Galaxy [PG-13] 2h 1min
3 p.m., Friday, Mar. 25
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. Suitable for: Ages 10 and up
After Hours Super Hero Flip Book
5:30 p.m., Friday, Mar. 25
Teens, come enjoy some pizza with your comic loving friends, then make your own comic strip using the Flip book method with Post-it™ notes. We'll also play Super Hero Jeopardy game where you’ll test your knowledge of various comic super heroes from DC Comics™ to Marvel™. The fun ends at 7:30 p.m. Suitable for: Teens
Monday Movie -- Goosebumps [PG]
1 p.m., Monday, Mar. 21
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. Suitable for: Ages 6 and up
LEGO® Play and Build
1 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 22
Everyone loves to play with LEGO® Bricks! Build something based on the monthly theme or use your imagination in free play. LEGO® and LEGO DUPLO® provided.
Suitable for: All Ages
Movie Time: Hotel Transylvania 2 [PG]
1 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 24
Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel. Suitable for: All Ages
Cubelet and Keva Challenge!
1 p.m., Friday, March 25
Arvada After Dark -- Amazing Race Library Edition!
6 - 8 p.m., Friday, March 25
Teens 11 - 18 Registration required
LEGO® Play & Build
1:30 p.m., Monday, Mar. 21
Builders of all ages are welcome to stop by the library during spring break today, 1:30-4 p.m. There will not be a theme, just build your own creation. We provide the LEGO® bricks and LEGO DUPLO® for younger kids. No advance registration required today.
Suitable for: Kids and Teens
Big Hero 6 [PG]
1 p.m., Tuesday, Mar. 22
Hiro's a genius, but what he really wants is to be like his inventor big brother, Tadashi - but one day, Tadashi vanishes while saving Hiro's life. The only thing left behind to console the grief-stricken Hiro is Tadashi's last invention, the health-care companion robot Baymax. But the friendship that grows between the gentle bot and the lonely boy is only the beginning of their adventure.
Inside Out [PG]
1 p.m., Wednesday, Mar. 23
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions; Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life.
1 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 24
When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
1 p.m. Friday, Mar. 25
Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters--which they are continuously unsuccessful at keeping. One Minion named Kevin, however, has a plan, and he and two of his Minions cohorts venture out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.
Anime Watch Party
2 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 20
We're watching popular anime in the Meeting Room. Join us! Suitable for: Teens