If you love the spine tingles and goosebumps of a really good ghost story - but also prefer to keep a safe distance, don’t miss this special Call In program, hosted by Active Minds. Hear ghost stories of the Stanley Hotel, Cheesman Park, the Molly Brown House and more as we visit the tales of Colorado's interesting past.
Call in for this phone presentation and tiptoe through haunted houses and ghoulish graveyards of the area without leaving the comfort and safety of your home. Better yet, invite friends to a ghost story sharing luncheon, but don't tell them you pre-registered for the call. It'll be all the more spooky when the phone rings and the ghost stories begin as if by some mysterious force! Practice your confused expression for when they mutter, "How did they know?"
Monday, Sept. 25, 1 - 2 p.m.
Call In: 303-502-5189
Suitable for: Adults
Bring your morning coffee to Wheat Ridge Library and get a triple shot of mind stimulating book discussion this September 21 at 9 a.m.
With two local book groups - Thursday Morning Book Group and Wheat Ridge Reads - as well as The Ringer author Jenny Shank in attendance, we just can’t think of a better way to jump-start your day.
Set in Colorado, The Ringer is an exciting and suspenseful tale. It tells the story of Patricia Maestas, the Mexican-American wife of a Mexican immigrant killed by police, and Ed O'Fallon, the officer who shot her husband, whose sons end up playing in the same competitive youth baseball league in Denver.
The Image Journal calls The Ringer “a quintessential American story that deftly and compassionately examines the nuances of race, culture, and religion in contemporary society—and it does so with heart, wit, and playfulness."
First time participants and Jenny Shank fans are encouraged to attend.
Suitable for: Adults
Presented by: Wheat Ridge Library
Hosted at: Ye Olde Firehouse, 3232 North Depew Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80212. The building is located to the west of the library in the Senior Center parking lot.
Don't get sea legs or scurvy as you embark on your quest to find fun things to do on Talk Like A Pirate Day this September 19 when swashbuckling fun abounds at your local library!
Catch your favorite pirate themed flick during the Pirate Movie Marathon at Arvada. Take on the scavenger hunt and find hidden treasure at Evergreen. Or, create fun pirate-y aarts and craarfts at Conifer. Yar!
Do you know yer scallywag name? Mango Languages is on deck to lend a helping hand… or hook, as the case may be. Visit Belmar, Columbine, Edgewater, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge or the Bookmobile, grab an eye patch, and take a pic with your pirate name.
You can also do this at home! Post your pirate name to Facebook or Instagram using #talklikeapirateday @jeffcolibrary. Our staff had a Yo Ho Ho of a time undertaking this very endeavor. Watch the shenanigans that took place via our YouTube video.
Mango Languages is a fun, self-paced, online language learning program. It’s easy to create a free account and track your progress, so why not give it a try to-day! Learn Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese - and yes, even Pirate.
Get ready, Edgewater! A new library is coming your way Fall 2018. We are co-hosting with Humphries Poli Architects (HPA) two community meetings to get your input on the design of a new library in Edgewater. We are thrilled to be partnering with the City of Edgewater to put a 10,000 square-foot library in the new Edgewater Civic Center, planned for opening in the fall of 2018.
- Thursday, Sept. 28, 6 – 7:30 pm at Happy Leaf Kombucha,5700 W 25th Avenue, Edgewater
- Saturday, Sept. 30, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at Edgewater Recreation Room,5845 W. 25th Avenue, Edgewater
At the meetings, you can provide input on initial design concepts with representatives from HPA. Help us design a 21st century library in Edgewater!
Colorado Author LeAnna DeAngelo discusses her novel Maestro Satriano: The First Musician to Perform at Red Rocks on Sunday, Sept. 17, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Based on a true story, Maestro Satriano is about Pietro Satriano, a musical child prodigy and a musician to royalty prior to moving to America in 1885. Pietro and his father, Antonio, were cornet virtuosos in Italy. When Antonio’s wife dies in childbirth, he is motivated to come to America to start anew and make sure that Pietro can attain an international reputation. In America, they are revered for their musical talents but despised by some because of prejudice against Italians. Pietro finds himself in the headlines for being flamboyant and having unusual body movements while performing and is criticized for being light on the classics and giving in to public demand and performing ragtime. Through the years, the story unfolds to reveal Antonio’s drinking problem, Pietro’s passionate personality and angry outbursts, his love of teaching children about music, a clandestine affair, and his amazing talent, which ultimately won him national recognition as a bandleader and musical personality in the early 1900s.
Suitable for: Adults
Jefferson County Public Library is hosting fun, free events at all ten of its locations, plus the bookmobile, throughout September to help boost early reading skills in families with children.
Before a child is ready to read, they first need to read, talk, write, sing, and play. These practices help them hear the sounds that make words, recognize letters and print, gain vocabulary, and tell stories. The Library’s Raise a Reader events will give parents and caregivers helpful activities and tools they can use at home to help children, from birth up, learn valuable reading skills.
“It’s never too early to bring your baby to the library,” says Barb Yeutter Roig, Kids and Families Manager for Jefferson County Public Library. “Getting ready to read starts from day one. Parents and caregivers are teaching their babies to read every time they talk, coo, sing, or play with their children.”
The events are free and offer prizes, snacks, and fun for the whole family. Some locations are also offering the events in Spanish *.
Saturday, Sept. 9
Wheat Ridge* | 12 – 4 p.m.
Bookmobile | Ken Caryl Safeway 12 - 3 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 10
Standley Lake 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 16
Lakewood* | 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Arvada* | 12 - 4 p.m.
Westminster Public Library/College Hill | 1 - 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 23
Conifer 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Golden 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Belmar* 12 - 4 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 30
Evergreen 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Columbine* 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Edgewater* 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
The Raise a Reader events are offered in partnership with Westminster Public Library and made possible with support from Solera National Bank and the Jefferson County Library Foundation.
Join Barbara Nickless for a night of mystery and intrigue as she discusses her book, Blood on the Tracks.
A young woman is found brutally murdered and the main suspect is the victim's fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. Railroad Police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell is brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate the crime, but can't shake the feeling that large forces are behind this apparent crime of passion. In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?
About the Author:
Barbara Nickless worked as a technical writer, instructional designer, raptor rehabilitator, astronomy instructor, sword fighter and piano teacher before turning seriously to writing. Now an award-winning author, her short stories and essays have appeared in anthologies in the U.S. and U.K. She lives with her family in Colorado.
Barbara will be signing copies of her books, which will be available for purchase during this event.
Tuesday, Sept.5 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Suitable for: Adults
The Olive Picker, Kathryn Brettell’s first novel, is more than a memoir. It’s a touching experience brimming with strength and triumph. A heart-wrenching testament to the endurance of the human spirit.
In her book, Kathryn masterfully guides us through the pivotal points of her life, from an abusive upbringing that destroys her self-confidence, to the wreckage of an ill-conceived marriage, and onto a defining moment, full of grace and mercy, which gave her the wings to become the conquering and triumphant phoenix she is today. Beautifully portrayed, The Olive Picker will grab you by the soul and hold you captive to the very last page.
In addition to her book, she writes a travel blog, Kathi’s Blog, chronicling the humorous aspects of travel, puppy training, and her experiences as an award winning published author!
Through her writing, she gives hope to those who find themselves in abusive situations, wherever they are on their journey. She’s looking forward to meeting you to talk life, love and travel during her visit at Conifer library.
Tuesday, Aug. 29 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Suitable for: Adults
Colorado author Jo Ann Virden discusses her My Darling Dorothy. Based on authentic letters from the era, My Darling Dorothy is a timeless love story that transcends both hard times and the brutal impact of war. The tumult of the Great Depression and World War II provides the background for a novel about three young people; Tommie, Jack and Dorothy, and their challenges, struggles, defeats and triumphs.The hopes and hardships they share are reflected in the letters that they exchange. Are they remnants of lost dreams or the foundation for a joyful future?
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8
Suitable for: Adults
There’s a good possibility that after attending Evergreen Library’s Local Author Showcase, you might find yourself in one or more of the following state of affairs:
- motivated to finish your forever-in-edit-mode novel
- have an action plan on how to get that book published
- own an autographed copy of the next bestselling book of our time!
The Evergreen Library is excited to host this series of appearances and show our support for local published authors by connecting them with aspiring authors and literacy lovers within the community.
Less ‘presentation’ and more 'friendly informal meet and greet', this author showcase may be a little different to what you’re used to. Mingle, get writing or publishing advice, or just talk books!
The first event is scheduled for Monday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m. and features:
Author Judy Christie, a newcomer to Evergreen, has had 17 books published, including 10 novels, and has received glowing reviews from such publications as Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Romantic Times. Her Wreath, A Girl the first novel in a coming-of-age series, has been optioned for film. Before writing books, Judy was an award-winning reporter and newspaper editor. For more information, see www.judychristie.com.
Catherine Scott has been hooked by writing since Divine Ordinariness "came down the chute, unbidden." Then came Booze at Breakfast, her first novel. Five years ago, Listening began to present itself. It feels like unearned privilege to have a muse writing through me, teaching me how! If you have a story in you, begin it. It's bold, it's magic, it's genius.
Phil White is an Emmy-nominated writer. His book Unplugged is helping people evolve from technology to enhance their fitness, performance and consciousness, while Game Changer condenses the secrets of pro football, basketball, football & soccer teams into a blueprint that enables fans to better understand their sport and helps coaches and athletes win.
Sharlene Nusser lives with her husband of almost 26 years and her two children. She continues to enjoy making quilts, cross stitching and building dollhouses. Her latest endeavor includes the starting of the 3rd novel in the series of books she has written and she also has a couple of unrelated novels in the works.
If you’d love to be one of our next featured authors, we’d love to hear from you! Contact Polly Tagg, [email protected].
Monday, September 18, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Alistair Kimble, Iron Angels
J.v.L. Bell, The Lucky Hat Mine
Marc Graham, Of Ashes and Dust
LS Hawker, End of the Road
Mark Stevens, Lake of Fire
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Christine Goff, Red Sky
Pamela Nowak, CHANGES
April O’Brien, Enter (At Your Own Risk)
Sunday, Dec. 3, 1 - 2 p.m.
Jim Cronin, Hegira
Jennifer Kincheloe, The Woman in the Camphor Trunk
Kevin Wolfe, The Homeplace
Suitable for: Adults