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Lydia Reeder spent over two years conducting research into her great uncle, coach Sam Babb, for her first novel Dust Bowl Girls.
At the height of the Great Depression, Sam Babb recruited talented, hardworking young women and offered them a chance at a better life... a free college education if they would play for his basketball team, the Cardinals. He shaped the Cardinals into a formidable team, and something extraordinary began to happen. The team's passion and heartfelt loyalty to one another and their coach pushed them to win every game!
“A thrilling, cinematic story. I loved every minute I spent with these bold, daring women whose remarkable journey is the stuff of American legend.” —Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author
Meet Lydia and hear her talk about Dust Bowl Girls at Wheat Ridge Library’s upcoming book group.
Suitable for: Adults
9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19
Kids are naturally curious. Young children have limitless interest and enthusiasm for learning about the world around them. Reading together with a child develops a bond and demonstrates your love for books and learning.
Excited children often come to my desk asking for books surrounding a topic currently on their mind. They want to understand their world and will gleefully share their new knowledge with anyone who will listen. They retell the stories they’ve learned from books many times over - an important piece of early literacy in young children.
Jefferson County Public Library cares about our curious young patrons. Twelve new special take-home kits called “Stories To Go” are now available for checkout. Developed especially for these growing minds, the cute, bright bags contain six picture books (five fiction, one non-fiction) and helpful activities to enhance the story telling. These activities reinforce the fun of reading and quench those young, curious minds through rhyming, songs and related crafts that bring the stories to life.
Check out all the themes in our catalog when you search “Stories to Go” and enjoy them with your children or grandchildren! You can place kits on hold and keep them for three weeks so you’ll have plenty of time to discover these interesting topics together.
- Mother Goose
Watch for another dozen kits to explore together in 2018! Thanks to Jeffco voters for the opportunity to bring reading home!
Standley Lake Library is excited to host local author Emily Littlejohn on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m., as she discusses her debut novel, Inherit the Bones.
About the book:
Secrets and lies can’t stay buried forever in Cedar Valley.
In the summer, hikers and campers pack the small Colorado town’s meadows and fields. And in the winter, skiers and snowboarders take over the mountains. Season by season, year after year, time passes and the lies, like the aspens and evergreens that surround the town, take root and spread deep.
Now, someone has uncovered the lies, and it is his murder that continues a chain of events that began almost forty years ago. Detective Gemma Monroe’s investigation takes her from the seedy grounds of a traveling circus to the powerful homes of those who would control Cedar Valley’s future.
Six-months pregnant, with a partner she can’t trust and colleagues who know more than they’re saying, Gemma tracks a killer who will stop at nothing to keep those secrets buried.
About the Author:
Emily lives in a growing suburb outside Denver, Colorado, with her husband Chris and an assortment of beasts: Brooklyn and Sadie, her dogs, and Abbey and Tobey, her two cats.
She wrote Inherit the Bones over the course of two years, in the evenings and on the weekends because of her fascination with all things mystery, horror, and the macabre. Bones was inspired by a vision she had of a clown, found dead, in full costume, when she wondered who was the man behind the make-up?
Star Wars Reads Day is a celebration. The celebration of the power a well written story has in transporting you to another time and place. To see the world through the eyes of a farm boy from a desert planet. To pilot a spacecraft at warp speed. To stand on a platform over a bottomless wind shaft. To discover a powerful force within.
We’re celebrating all things Star Wars and books for more than just a day – we think this event deserves a month’s worth of ceremony! They begin September 22 with a Teen After Hours Star Wars Party at Lakewood. There’ll also be Star Wars Reads Day events lined up for the whole family to enjoy starting October 4, including: Star Wars crafts and out-of-this-world-fun activities at Belmar, Conifer, Edgewater and Golden; a Scavenger Hunt at Standley Lake and Wheat Ridge; and ‘Build a Badge’ at the Bookmobile.
Star Wars Reads themed events are happening from September 22 until October 21, but our Star Wars books are available for checkout any time your mind needs to escape to a place that existed a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
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.