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cindy

Grissom Author TalkAuthor 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.

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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)

by: 
carol

Wheat Ridge Library's Thursday morning book group takes it up a notch with a visit from Author and Editor Ann Marie. She'll be discussing her book, Letters to Ann: The Korean War 1950-51. "Letters to Ann" is a series of heartwarming and humorous letters written to a four year-old girl from her dad while he served as a medical officer in the Korean War. The ultimate question in this true story is whether the solider makes it back home.

Ann Marie began her career in journalism as a television news reporter and morning anchor in Albuquerque, N.M. She then attended law school and practiced as a trial litigation attorney in Denver. After semi-retiring, she turned to editing and published this first book, which was a double-winner at the juried 2014 Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. It received third place for editing and first place for military/military history.

Suitable for: Adults

9 a.m. Thursday, July 21

by: 
cindy

Way to go, Jeffco! We have officially met the halfway point of our Summer Reading marathon goal of 26.2 million minutes. While we know this is a lofty and ambitious goal, we believe you can make it happen. We are already ahead of where we were last year, both in registered readers and minutes. 

Keep reading! Keep signing up your friends and family! Keep logging your minutes! We still have plenty of water bottles (and sippy cups for the under 3 crowd!).  There’s also a free Chipotle kid’s meal or burrito for teens (BOGO for adults), and a free ice McDonald’s ice cream cone when you hit the hallway point. 

And when you reach your end goal, you’ll have earned your free book!

Remember – everything you read counts!  Books, audiobooks, ebooks, menus, magazines, business reports – even cereal boxes! You read more than you probably think each day so make the minutes count!

So let’s do it. Let’s keep going! Let’s zoom pass last year’s 18 million minutes and finish this marathon!

by: 
cindy

As the temperature approaches 100 degrees in Colorado, why not enjoy some amazing Summer Reading events for the entire family at your local library.

If you haven’t visited the Summer Reading events page, check it out. We have something for everyone, from butterfly and karate classes for the little ones, to laser tag and escape rooms for the teens. And adults, we didn’t forget about you. Fitness, yoga, cooking and more are waiting for you to explore. All the Summer Reading events are based around the Go Read. Go! theme.

You can browse the entire calendar of events or search by age. What are you waiting for? Exercise your brain and Go Read! Go!

by: 
carol

Get your art on at our ongoing open workshop at the Conifer Library. Not a Rembrandt? Not to worry because we invite all skill levels to learn how to better use the visual vocabulary of shape, value, color, line, texture and edges. Led by Evergreen artist Chris McAllister, we'll explore these concepts in still life, landscape, portrait and figure paintings. Bring in a project you’re already working on or join in on a group project. You're welcome to work in oil or acrylic paints; simply bring your own painting supplies. Our ongoing classes are designed for continuous learning in an open, individualized environment. New students are welcome at any time. Come paint the town, well, whatever color you want.

6 p.m. Tuesdays

May 3

May 17

June 7

June 21

July 5

July 19

Aug. 2

Aug. 16

Sep. 16

Sep. 20

Oct. 4

Oct. 18

Suitable for: Adults

by: 
carol

Now we're cookin'! Do you love browsing through cookbooks? Do you adore trying new recipes or cooking techniques? Do you enjoy sampling and sharing new dishes? Well, hang onto your spatula; we have just the group for you.

Here's how it works: We'll have a theme every month. Any group members can bring a prepared dish from either one of the cookbooks chosen or their own! (Of course, it's not mandatory to bring food; you're welcome to come for ideas and an exchange of food prep information.) It doesn't matter if you're new to the kitchen or if you can make a soufflé with your eyes closed. Either way, everyone eats and has fun.

1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22 *Please bring cookies to share.

Standley Lake

1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 19

Arvada

1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24

Standley Lake

1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21

Arvada

1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept 25

Standley Lake

1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16

Arvada

Suitable for: Adults

by: 
Carol

Here, kitty kitty! Celebrate National Pet Month with us at the Arvada Library! Come make an adorable catnip-filled crochet yarn ball for your favorite feline. All yarn and crochet hooks supplied.  What’s cuter than watching a cat go crazy with a catnip toy? (Think of the video possibilities!)

Then on May 7, join the Foothills Animal Shelter at the library from noon to 3 p.m. They’ll bring animals available for adoption. Just think, you could have a new furry friend to curl up with you when you read!

Craft Days:
1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4

Adoption Event:
12 p.m. Saturday, May 7

Arvada Library

Suitable for: Adults

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Jenny, Golden Library

Are you an expert? Enthusiast? Tinkerer? Artist? Engineer?

Golden Library's DIYLab is looking for you!

Beginning May 5th, the DIYLab will be open every Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30pm for experimenting, tinkering, engineering and artistry. We have sewing machines, soldering irons, knitting needles, digital transfer equipment, crochet hooks, an electronic cutting machine, a serger, Dremel tools, robotics components, and more!

What we don't have is you! If you'd be interested in sharing your "very particular set of skills" with your neighbors - either by leading a demonstration, or as an Open Lab maker-in-residence for a Thursday evening (or two!) please let us know at DIYGolden@jeffcolibrary.org.

by: 
Carol

Calling future architects and engineers! Have fun while putting basic engineering principles to the test using KĒVA® planks -- uniform wood blocks ideal for construction challenges.  

Fun Fact: The tallest KĒVA® tower was 51 feet, 8 inches, built at the National Building Museum in Washington DC in 2006. This is your chance to try to out-do it! Climb aboard the KĒVA® revolution and build your skills. 

1 p.m. Saturday, April 30
Arvada Library

Suitable for: Ages 6 and up

by: 
Carol

Fun Fact: Our bookmobile provides many of the same services as your local library! You can pick up requests, grab Lucky Day items, check out tablets, books, magazines and DVDs. Come on board to discover our services, learn something new about bookmobiles, and use our free WiFi.

National Bookmobile Day is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities. This year it starts on Wednesday, April 13 and we’re celebrating it with a two-week open house from Tuesday, April 12, through Friday, April 22! Meet us and join the party!

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