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Julia

Calling all Fandom teens.
 
If Denver Comic Con went by way too fast for your liking and didn’t fully satisfy your need to geek out with others of the same movie/music/game/book/whatever obsession - don’t fret. We’ve got you covered. Our 4th annual Fandom Contest is still accepting entries until July 26.  
 
This is your chance to create a fun representation of a book, movie, TV show, video game or musical artist and connect with others who identify with your fanatical behavior. We encourage it, even! Your contribution can be written (stories, poetry), visual (art, cosplay) or digital (videos). Winners in each category receive a $25 prize!
 
Party.

Did someone say party?! Why yes, yes we did! Come celebrate Fandom contest entrants and hear winners announced at the Fandom Contest costume party, complete with pizza & other snacks, on Friday July 28, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Best costume at the party also wins a prize!
 
Submit your creation to Lakewood library's Teen Librarian Marie McColley before July 26. Our Teen Advisory Board will judge entries on Friday July 28, from 5 – 6 p.m. To enter, you must be a Colorado resident between 11 and 18 years of age. Please include your telephone number and/or email address with your entry.

Best of luck to all entrants. We can't wait to see what you create!
 
Suitable for: Ages 11-18

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Julia

Let your inner historian loose. Join Colorado Author Kellen Cutsforth as he presents Boozers, Brothels, and Bare Knuckle Brawlers: The Tale of Buffalo Bill’s Little Known Benefactor.

Celebrate Buffalo Bill Days and the 100th Anniversary of his burial atop Lookout Mountain in Golden with this factual, enthralling and entertaining account following the escapades of young Englishman Evelyn Booth's adventures throughout the United States at the end of the late 19th century. We'll hear tales of some of the most well-known celebrities of the time and new information on his business dealings with the most famous American of the day, William Frederick ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody and his Wild West show.

About the Author:
Kellen Cutsforth has had numerous articles featured in such publications as: Wild West magazine, True West Magazine and Western Writers of America’s Roundup magazine. Kellen has provided his services as a “ghost writer” authoring biographies and memoirs. Kellen is also a social media manager for Western Writers of America and the Denver Posse of Westerners. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

Wednesday, July 26
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Suitable for: Adults
Golden

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Julia

Research has shown that teaming up your kiddo with a reading buddy who’s just a little bit older (and therefore much much cooler than mom or dad) could be just the thing needed to mend a not-so-keen-about-reading mindset and improve reading ability. 

A teacher in Oregon carried out a study called The Power of Two in 1999. Through pairing kids with older peers, a group of sixth graders improved their reading ability by 2.5 years with just 15 hours of reading buddy time! Some students who only had five hours of contact still gained the equivalent of a year and a half in their reading ability.

The Denver Post recently published an article about our Reading Buddy Program. They interviewed a happy parent who’s already given the program a try, as well as one of our enthusiastic teen volunteers. 

If you have a reluctant reader, or think your child would benefit from some extra reading time with someone outside of the home or school environment, then bring them to Belmar Library's Reading Buddies program. We pair kids with a buddy from The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver's Torch Club. They select an interesting book together, read to each other, and talk about the book afterwards. There’s also fun games and crafts too!

1 – 3 p.m., Tuesdays June 13 – July 25

Suitable for: Kids of all ages, including English (ESL) learners

Location: Belmar Library 

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Julia

We love being outside in Colorado. That's why we're offering a mini series of events focusing on Colorado's great outdoors. From outside hobbies and interests to gardening in the Mile High State, we hope you'll find the topic that interests you.

 

Using native plants in landscape design

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3

Add some Colorado flair to your garden. Beth Hanson, Native Plant Master instructor and landscape designer, shares how to incorporate native plants into your landscape designs and gardens.

 

Mountain wildlife and native plants

2 - 3 p.m. Sunday, June 11

Learn about mountain goats, elk, bighorn sheep, and other animals that you see on Colorado's trails. Milt Robinson, watershed ecologist and retired environmental management professor, shares his plant and wildlife knowledge as he teaches us about the majestic animals of the Rocky Mountains and the native plants that make up their natural habitats.

 

Colorado wildlflowers

2 - 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16

Learn to identify Colorado's native wildflowers in the mountains and along the Colorado Trail. Jen Toews shares her expert native plant knowledge and experience identifying wildflowers.

 

Anglers and conservation

2 - 3 p.m. Sunday, July  30

Learn about the angler scene in Colorado and catch some tips for getting started. Milt Robinson shares his plant and wildlife knowledge as a watershed ecologist and retired environmental management professor as he teaches us about the sport and ethics of fishing and the importance of water quality in our lakes and streams.

 

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Cindy

lalaDid you know you can check out the latest (and past!) award winning movies at the library - for free?

Items like these tend to be quite popular, so we pull aside copies to place on our Lucky Day shelves. If you don’t visit our physical locations, maybe it's time to stop by and take a peek – it may be your lucky day and you’ll find the popular item you want waiting on the Lucky Day shelf.

 

You can also download movies and soundtracks to your personal device. Here's a list of previous award winners to enjoy!

2016 Winners:

Moonlight

Manchester by the Sea

Florence Foster Jenkins

Hidden Figures

Lion

Zootopia

Winners of the 2000s:

2015 - Spotlight

2014 - Birdman

2013 - 12 Years a Slave

2012 - Argo

2011 - The Artist

2010 - The King's Speech

2009 - The Hurt Locker

2008 - Slumdog Millionaire

2007 - No Country for Old Men

2006 - The Departed

2005 - Crash

2004 - Million Dollar Baby

2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2002 - Chicago

2001 - A Beautiful Mind

2000 - Gladiator

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Julia

Things get a little wild when Lookout Mountain Nature Center joins us at the Conifer Library for a story and show 'n' tell time. Kids, age 3-6 will do an activity to reinforce the story that focuses on the natural world around us - prairies, wetlands, woods, weather, and more! Also, they might meet a live snake or touch a real animal pelt! 

Lookout Mountain Nature Center staff and volunteer naturalists inspire kids and adults to connect with the natural world as participants enjoy a hands-on experience. More importantly, Lookout Mountain Nature Center promotes conservation of Jefferson County's open spaces. It's a fun way for kids and adults to learn how to take care of our earth.

Make a plan to get wild in Conifer!

  • Thursday, May 18, 11:30-12:15PM
  • Thursday June 8, 11:15-11:45AM
  • Saturday, July 29, 11:30-12:15PM
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Julia

 HomelessnessWomen and children may not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word "homeless," but over 75% of the homeless population in Jefferson County has children. Listen to women’s stories and begin to understand the human impact of homelessness in our community at a special presentation by poet Sheila Norris and photographer Cecilia Broder as they showcase their work, followed by a panel discussion on homelessness with other community advocates.

A new book, Exposure: Homelessness through the Lens of Art and Poetry, captures these stories and advocates for homeless women in the Denver area. Every page offers delicate insights into the experiences of these brave Coloradans as they fight for dignity and safety. Exposure lends a much-needed voice to the voiceless.

This presentation is sponsored by Jefferson County Public Library; Heading Home: Jeffco Community Steps to Housing; Jefferson County Human Services; and Capitol Hill United Ministries.

Suitable for: Adults

3:30 – 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20

Arvada

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MacKenzie

Mother's DayIf you have a mother, a mom, or a mama, then you’ve stressed over what to get her for Mother’s Day. Maybe you’re lucky, and your mom just wants to spend some quality time with you. Or maybe she just says she wants to spend some quality time with you, when, in reality, you know she’d appreciate a heartfelt gift too. Either way, we’ve got you covered. 

Here’s the plan: Before Mother’s Day, make your mom something beautiful, like a soldered glass box, a book planter for a succulent, or a 3D decoupage card. Then bring her to the library for a Spa Day, a Health by Chocolate presentation, or an International Tea Party. Better yet,  make a reoccurring date with her to go to a movie time, needle arts group, or Gardening in Colorado discussion. Finally, read a book or watch a movie that celebrates how awesome moms are with her, so she knows how important she is to you! 

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Cindy

What's the truth about the Nazca Lines, those huge images etched into the Peruvian ground that are seemingly visible only from the air? Do they suggest the influence of ancient aliens or are they proof of ancient humanity's artistic genius? Join author Anita Jepson-Gilbert at the Standley Lake Library for a fun and informative exploration of these fascinating, mysterious glyphs and her book, Maria and the Stars of Nazca.

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, May 13

Suitable for: Adults

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Julia

Front Range FireAh, summer. It’s almost here. Splashing the day away at the outdoor pool, and sizzling up dinner on the grill as the sun goes down. For those of us who live in the Front Range though, summer also means fire season is upon us once again. 

Although officials predict an ‘average’ or ‘below average’ fire season for 2017, this still equates to 4,500 fires, or 100,000 acres of state-owned or private property potentially at risk. In 2016, fire predictions slightly exceeded expectations. 

Learn about fire ecology as well as techniques for fire mitigation and preparedness directly from Elk Creek Fire District personnel at our Front Range Fire Preparedness information session. Already have a fire preparedness strategy? Share it, get feedback, and leave with additional peace of mind. 

Space is limited; register online or call 303-235-5275.

Be prepared for fire season this summer - so you can have your barbecue, and eat it too!

Suitable for: Adults

6 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17

Conifer

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