Wheat Ridge Reads presents local author Nick Arvin and his novel of secrets and survival, The Reconstructionist. Join Wheat Ridge Library's Thursday Morning Book Group, meet Arvin, and discuss The Reconstructionist.
At a loose end after college, Ellis Barstow drifts back to his home town and a strange profession: reconstructing fatal traffic accidents. He seems to take to the work immediately, and forms a bond with his boss and mentor, John Boggs, an intriguing character of few but telling words.
"Car accidents are by far the most commonplace manner of premature death in America, and it's rare to find someone who hasn't been affected by one. It's surprising, then, that so little has been written about it in American fiction... This has changed with the appearance of a remarkable new novel, The Reconstructionist." ~ The Denver Post
Suitable for: Adults
9:00 a.m., Thursday. Sep. 15
Wheat Ridge Library
Local author Joanna Walters will join the Golden Library to read from her book, Girl At Sea: Stories of Courage, Growth and Strength From One of the First Women to Serve on US Warships. We'll host a discussion and Q&A after the readings.
Joanna Walters is a 1994 graduate of the US Naval Academy. She was a Division I swimmer for Navy. Upon graduation, she went on to become one of the first women serving aboard combatants as a Surface Warfare Officer.
Joanna spends her downtime enjoying the mountains with her family and can often be found climbing the cliffs of North Table Mountain, running or riding the trails, hiking to the top of 14ers and playing in the snow.
Suitable for: Adults
2 p.m. Sunday, Sep. 11
Join us at Belmar Library for a visit from Margaret Coel, author of The Perfect Suspect from the series about journalist Catherine McLeod. The Perfect Suspect tells the tale about how after a candidate for governor is murdered, and his estranged wife is arrested for first-degree homicide, Catherine must risk her career—and her life—to find the witness who can identify the candidate's murderer: Detective Ryan Beckman.
Ms. Coel is a New York Times best-selling author who hails from a pioneer Colorado family. The West — the mountains, plains, and vast spaces — are in her bones, she says.
Suitable for: Adults
6 p.m. Thursday, September 1
Calling all designers. Belmar Library is looking for teen fashion designers to participate in a Banned Book Week (BBW) Themed Fashion show.
Designer Applications due: September 9, 2016.
As far as we're concerned, banned books are always in fashion! To celebrate, we're 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. Do you have a great design in mind? We can help with creative tips and even a sewing class.
Banned Books Week: Free Sewing Class
2 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10
Learn basic stitches and construction to create your Banned Book Week Teen Fashion Show original wearable. Instructor Chris Darby from Gold Crown Enrichment Center's Club House leads designers, offering tips and tricks to make your fashions fabulous! This class is appropriate for teen designers who have applied to be part of the Banned Books Week Teen Fashion Show.
6 p.m. Friday, Sep. 30
If you're between the ages of 12-18, find out how to participate by contacting Belmar's Teen Librarian, Lisa Dibbern. Designers must be between the ages of 12-18. Materials and themes are open to interpretation but should fit with themes associated with Banned Books Week. 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.
For most, back-to-school is an exciting time to reconnect with friends, show off a new outfit and gear up for a fresh start.
For others, it’s the return of high anxiety due to being stunned with schoolwork and the pressure to get good grades.
If only there was a secret weapon…
It’s JCPL to the rescue! The library is one of your best secrets to getting through the year, improving your grades and making connections with those overwhelming assignments.
Use your library card to log in and check out the abundance of online resources. If you haven’t logged on recently, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Here’s just the tip of the iceberg:
Lynda.com is a fabulous collection of “how to” videos on subjects from software to digital photography.
Mango Languages is a good (and super fun) go-to collection of video tutorials to give you a boost with that foreign language class.
New York Times is one of the best sources for information, and you have access to full text from 1851 to the present, as well as full text of NYT Book Review and Magazine from 1997 to the present.
Our Kids & Families staff have put together a great list of online resources for our littlest learners.
Online tools are great, but it doesn’t always replace the human connection. That’s why we offer Homework Help because sometimes it's easier to get homework help from someone other than your parents. The Golden Library and Colorado School of Mines Phi Gamma Delta fraternity are here to help students in grades 1-12 to stop in and get help in any subject. Drop-ins welcome.
In addition, Arvada Library Reading Buddies helps promote literacy skills and a love of reading for children in grades K-3. This program develops reading skills and confidence by pairing them with an older student who can provide special attention and support. Reading Buddies Fall Sessions are from Sep. 3 - Dec. 21, Wednesdays @ 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m.
But wait, there’s more. Did you know that you can book your own librarian for personal research assistance?
Personal note: Last year, my son was struggling in math. I sent him to our library to get homework help from one of the fabulous volunteers. Guess what? He came home understanding the work and was more confident than ever. And he raised his grade, too.
Trust me, folks. It works. #LibrariesMatter
Have you taken a great trip or vacation that you think others would love to duplicate? If so, the Standley Lake library wants to hear from you. We’re looking to start a new armchair travel series called Destinations Unknown this fall.
The purpose of Destinations Unknown is to turn the library into a forum where the community can share travel tips, ideas and experiences. But to do that, we need to find people interested in presenting. We’re after all sorts of vacation stories: from the AAA bus tour down south to the Groupon travel package overseas to the decision to go backpacking for a week with no itinerary at all. Time shares, cruises, family trips, single-person getaways, a romantic expedition for couples . . . we’re interested in the details. (Well, if it was very romantic, perhaps we don’t need all the details). What worked, what didn’t work, what are must-sees and what are avoid-at-all-costs?
Don’t miss your opportunity to be Rick Steves!
So if you’d like to participate and present, contact Sean Eads at the Standley Lake Library for more details.
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.
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)