The ukulele has become a new trend, along with being cool kitsch. Thanks to popular musicians like Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift and Zooey Deschanel, the ukulele is enjoying a long-overdue comeback. If you learn to play the ukulele, you'll be among a long list of famous plinkers, including Neil Armstrong, Lucille Ball and even Fozzie Bear.
So run, don’t tip toe, to Lakewood Library's Ukulele for Beginners session taught by Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra's maestro Gary Jugert. You’ll get to know the instrument and walk out having learned a few songs! Grab a “strum buddy” and stop by for a couple hours of zany music making with the enigmatic ukulele.
Suitable for: Adults
2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22
Wild prohibition-era parties, hot rod racing, bank robberies, two one-gallon-jug murders, five-alarm blazes and more! That’s what’s in store during an evening at the Arvada Library with Adult Services Librarian/ history geek Boyd Fletcher. The program details lesser-known parts of Arvada history focusing on the late 1800s through 1960. Stories are based on newspaper clippings with background information provided by the Arvada Historical Society. Listen to a lively lecture, watch a slide show and have a chance for Q&A with members of the Arvada Historical Society… all while enjoying light refreshments (not including one-gallon jugs).
Suitable for: Adults
6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27
Unless you live in a cave, you know election season is upon us. It’s time to exercise your right as an American citizen and vote!
How will you decide on the issues? It’s not like at the racetrack where you bet on the horse with the cutest name. (Full disclosure; I’ve done that.) These issues and candidates are sure to make an impact on our lives, so it’s a good idea to do some research. And since research is in our DNA, we vote you look to the library for help.
Each of our locations has an area devoted to election materials. We invite you to stop by and review the materials. These informative pamphlets are free for you to take and discuss in the comfort of your home.
If you prefer the digital world, browse around our Election Guide. We've got great resources to help you find your polling location, register to vote, dig deeper into current issues, and research individual candidates.
Paring it all down from global, national and then local, we realize this fall's Colorado ballot promises to stir up strong emotions. That’s why we're hosting a series called "Colorado Ballot Issues 2016.” Representatives from Active Minds will offer an objective review of the ballot issues and a presentation of the arguments on each side of the proposals. Can't make it to one of our locations for this program? Dial-in and participate by phone at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 13. Call 303-275-6173 to register or just join us at the time of the program by calling 303-502-5189.
Let’s all get out there and vote!
You don't have to travel to a galaxy far, far away. It's Star Wars Reads at JCPL! Libraries are hosting events and activities for all ages. Use the force. Read more, you must! Shine up your droid and head to the library to celebrate all things Star Wars!
We'll be in the Ken Caryl Safeway parking lot with a collection of Star Wars books and comics.
12-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5
Crafts and activities
12-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12
Crafts and activities
1 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12
Show your enthusiasm, come in costume and enjoy games, crafts and trivia.
1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23
On any weekday afternoon you might expect 17-year-old Justin Gailey to be studying, playing basketball, or enjoying a video game. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) student at Lakewood High School in Jefferson County, he’s doing all this – and then some.
Every Monday afternoon this fall, you’ll find Justin teaching elementary students the game of chess at the Lakewood Library.
Justin started the program to give back to his community. His school’s IB program encourages students to initiate a community project, and when he realized there was no local programming teaching chess to kids, he knew he was the guy to fill the gap.
Justin’s interest in chess began at an early age as he recalls watching his dad and brother play the game, begging them to let him join the fun. Wanting to learn the game, he went to his local library to learn and play, but found he was still too young.
Justin was determined to play and quickly discovered the game on his own, then attended chess camps and even played in a Las Vegas tournament where he finished among the top competitors.
Justin has experience tutoring kids in math and says the game of chess helps with early math and critical thinking skills. He wants to see the program grow and more kids get involved. “Give it a chance,” he says. “Chess is a lot of fun and you can learn by playing the game.”
Justin hopes to study accounting or engineering next year.
We know from our circulation statistics that we serve a county full of readers. But it seems like we’re a county full of writers, too. And the Standley Lake Library wants to give you a platform.
Authors often have trouble finding live audiences. Some bookstores even want to charge writers to do a reading with them.
Not us. We’re hoping to start a new public forum for writers this fall, mainly geared at those who’ve published novels, short stories, essays and memoirs. Traditionally published or self-published—it doesn’t matter. We want to give you a chance to share your accomplishment and find a live audience through our Reading Series. We’ll pair authors in groups of 2-3 to guarantee a lively, diverse experience for both you and the audience.
Want more details? Contact Sean Eads.
As far as we're concerned, banned books are always in fashion! To celebrate, Belmar Library is putting on a fashion show featuring teenage designers who create original wearable pieces inspired by challenged and banned literature. We'll have a runway show, banned book readings, a photo booth and giveaways. Banned Books Week is an American Library Association sponsored event. The 2016 Banned Book Week theme is - Diversity.
Intellectual Freedom, Freedom to Read, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech, Anti-Censorship are also themes associated with BBW. Banned Books Week is an American Library Association sponsored event.
6 p.m. Friday, Sep. 30
Suitable for: Teens
When setting up this interview, I asked what breed of dog I was going to meet. The librarian in Golden said, “She’s a gorgeous Bernese Mountain Dog who loves reading, romantic candlelight dinners and long walks on the beach.” I knew I was in for a treat… and was not disappointed.
Mattie is a big, beautiful, loving partner in our PAWS for Reading program. She greets with enthusiasm and knows how to make friends right away. She’s also very intuitive. If her reader is a bit nervous and stand-offish, Mattie will lie quietly; but, if the kiddo is enthusiastic and wants to play, Mattie is happy to oblige with hugs and nuzzling.
It was just by happenstance that Jaelyn stopped by the library and had the chance to read to Mattie. Jaelyn is heading into 6th grade and will surely have a terrific “what I did on my summer vacation” story about her session with Mattie.
Mattie’s mom/handler, Kelley has raised Mattie since puppyhood and watched as Mattie made her way through puppy kindergarten, Good Citizen training and the Therapy Dog program. Mattie’s been participating in our PAWS for Reading program for a year. Before that, when the family lived in California, Mattie and Kelley visited a local elementary school and read with kids each week. In other words, she’s a trained professional!
Get to know Mattie:
• Birthday: October, 2011
• Lives in: Golden
• Favorite toy: This dog LOVES her stuffies. At last count, Mattie had over 11 toys. She carries them everywhere, snuggles with them and sleeps with them. If she had to pick a favorite, it’d be the big cheetah.
• Favorite food: Treats, treats and more treats. But these days, Mattie is snacking on cucumber and watermelon since she’s watching her girly figure.
• Favorite books: The “Biscuit” series.
• Favorite movie: “The Kid” starring Bruce Willis
• Biggest challenge: Keeping up with fashion. Her PAWS mate, Shelby shows up with the cutest accessories, so Mattie makes sure to wear a stylish bow or something similar.
If you know someone who’d like to read with Mattie or any of our other wonderful pups provided through our partnership with Animals 4 Therapy program, register for your 15-minute session by calling 303-235-5275 or asking our staff for details. Be forewarned, you will fall in love.
Truth be told, I've always believed in spirits. I'm not alone. A 2005 Gallup poll found that 37 percent of Americans believe in haunted houses, and even more believe in ghosts. "Other worldly" phenomena is represented in pretty much every genre of books and movies. Think about it… popular films such as "Ghost," "Ghostbusters" and "Paranormal Activity" have to be based on some reality, right? JCPL lists thousands of titles about ghosts. And don’t even get me started on ghost hunting TV shows. That in itself is a paranormal phenomenon!
Ready to nurture your inner ghost curiosity? Here’s your chance. Enjoy a fascinating afternoon of ghost hunting in Conifer. Mike Kaminski and friends from the Colorado Paranormal Society will be on hand with information and even some “ghostbusting” equipment to see if they can detect any paranormal activity at our own Conifer Library during this lively haunt!
Suitable for: All Ages
2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 24
Everyone knows reading is important. And it’s vital to start that love of reading at an early age. That’s why we’re hosting a series of events called “Raise a Reader.”
It’s fun! It’s free! And it’s at your library. Learn to Raise a Reader through engaging and playful activities. Create simple projects to take home and enjoy a snack while visiting local community organizations and businesses sharing helpful information.
Our fair offers valuable resources to help you engage your little ones in TALKING – WRITING – PLAYING – DANCING – and READING.
We also have a special gift for the first 300 guests. Choose your favorite Jeffco Public Library location and mark your calendar for Raise a Reader.
12 – 4 p.m. Saturdays:
Sep. 17 | Wheat Ridge
Sep. 24 | Edgewater
Sep. 24 | Golden
Sep. 24 | Evergreen
Oct. 1 | Belmar
Oct. 1 | Standley Lake
Oct. 1 | Arvada
Oct. 8 | Columbine
Oct. 15 | Lakewood
Suitable for: Babies through elementary and their families