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 303-275-6137 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!
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 Public 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
Our teens get involved – and we love it. Our Teen Advisory Board's (TAB) give teens the chance to help plan teen-specific library events, services and more. Currently, Golden, Lakewood, Arvada, Columbine, Standley Lake, and Belmar have TABs. Most meet once a month - that’s a “teeny” amount of time out of your schedule. If you’re in grades 7-12, want to make friends, and have a say about what you want from YOUR library, stop by and fill out an application.
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
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
Beer and reading go well together. They do and we’ll prove it. Make time for literature and lager at Lariat Lodge Brewing Company in Evergreen… an awesome way to spend some after-work time on a Tuesday. Each month this fall, you’re invited to read and discuss a current book that touches on contemporary issues in challenging and thought-provoking ways. And there's beer involved!
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sep. 13 - The Revenant by Michael Punke
Leo DiCaprio won the Academy award for the movie. The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the Company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two Company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. With shockinggrit and determination, Glass sets out crawling inch by inch across more than three thousand miles of uncharted American frontier. The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 - Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
You know him from "Parks & Rec" and now Aziz Ansari offers a hilarious exploration of modern romance. A hilarious, thoughtful, and in-depth exploration of the pleasures and perils of modern romance from one of this generation's sharpest comedic voices. At some point, every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history. With technology, our abilities to connect with and sort through these options are staggering. So why are so many people frustrated?
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 - Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
A New York Times #1 Bestseller, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the long-awaited new novel--a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan--from the award-winning, internationally best-selling author Haruki Murakami. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.
If you can legally drink, come meet some like-minded folks, chat about a book and throw back a cold beverage.
27618 Fireweed Drive