You're invited to one or all of our annual holiday open houses. Our libraries are decking the halls and we look forward to welcoming you for a bit of holiday cheer. We'll have live music, refreshments, and crafts, plus some new and exciting events like:
Health and Fitness Solutions for the Holiday
Handmade Holiday Ornaments
Holiday Book Sales
Get that favorite Christmas sweater or finest velvet frock from the closet and head to the library for treats, entertainment and glad tidings.
Book synopsis: The travel journal of the wealthy young Englishman, Evelyn Booth, weaves a factual, enthralling, and entertaining narrative that follows his escapades throughout the United States of the late nineteenth century. Transcribed and edited (with relevant commentary for contemporary audiences) by Kellen Cutsforth, Booth's journal reveals his career as a young care-free 'frat boy' with unlimited funds, gives first-hand accounts that involve drunken nights, fist fights, illicit affairs, sporting events, and full-blown adventures with the most well-known celebrities of the day, including encounters with famous scout and showman William Frederick 'Buffalo Bill' Cody and the Wild West Cowboys; bare knuckled world champions John L. Sullivan and Jack 'Nonpareil' Dempsey; and Fred Archer, the most famous horse jockey of the day.
Kellen is a veteran speaker and presenter. He is also a social media manager for the Western Writers of America and the Denver Posse of Westerners. His blogs have been featured in “Archives Open” national online periodical. For the last 11 years, Kellen has been employed as an archivist in the Western History and Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library where he’s researched, organized, and published several finding aids and authored numerous biographical sketches for collections.
Foodies unite! Pat Miller, a.k.a. the Gabby Gourmet is coming to the Belmar Library. Get a taste of what it’s like to be a successful restaurant reviewer—a job Gabby has enjoyed for over 30 years. Signed copies of the 30th edition of her popular Gabby Gourmet Guidewill be available for purchase (just in time for the holidays).
We love Halloween and have planned enough fun to fill a haunted house. Here’s a taste of the treats…
For kids, we’re hosting trick-or-treat parades, Dia de los Muertos celebrations, and special spooky story times. (Don’t forget to come in costume!) We have lots of family-friendly activities like Simple Circuit Spooks and a Getting Ready for Halloween FamilyLab too!
Teens can start celebrating early with everything from Halloween-themed laser tag to special After Hours events. Learn how to apply the perfect Halloween make-up, watch a scary movie or attend Dia de los Muertos celebrations.
And we haven’t forgotten our adults. Stop by the Belmar Library for speakers on Monsters and Legends, or drop by the Holidaily Brewing Company for Brews and Boos, hosted by your favorite Golden librarians.
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.
Hamilton, the smash Broadway musical phenomenon and winner of 11 Tony Awards and a Pultizer Prize has history and musical fans everywhere still buzzing with excitement. The PBS Arts Fall Festival brings the making of the pop culture hit to life when it kicks off the PBS series, Great Performances, hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda, later this month (airs on Rocky Mountain PBS on October 21, 9 p.m.).
In many ways, this musical is redefining how an entire generation of young fans is learning about history through unprecedented hip-hop musical performances. You can watch a portion of the documentary and join the cast as they visit historic locations. You'll also enjoy interviews with prominent personalities ranging from musicians and politicians, to entertainers like Jimmy Fallon – and even President Barack Obama.
The Belmar Library’s Teen Advisory Board is proud to be joining forces with Rocky Mountain PBS and Green Mountain High School’s Performing Arts Department on Wednesday, October 19 to present a sneak preview portion of the documentary that takes us behind the creation of the show and how Miranda adapted Hamilton’s story into musical theater.
We kick the night off with performances from Green Mountain High School students, followed by a costume contest, door prizes, and then the main event - the 45-minute preview of the documentary. This is your chance to see it before anyone else!
The event is free and open to the public, but we do ask that you register so we know you’re coming!
7 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 19
Green Mountain High School Auditorium 13175 W. Green Mountain Drive in Lakewood
About the PBS Arts Fall Festival: PBS premieres its sixth annual PBS Arts Fall Festival on Friday, October 21, with host Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton. The PBS Arts Fall Festival, which last year reached more than nine million viewers, is a cornerstone of the Friday primetime lineup, underscoring PBS’ ongoing commitment to give audiences the best seats in the house to watch arts performances on air and online. The festival presents diverse artists and performances from across the country, including programs from GREAT PERFORMANCES, LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER, and more. Most programs will be available online at video.pbs.org/ after their broadcast premiere. For more, visit pbs.org/pressroom.
The ukulele has become a new trend, along with being cool kitsch. Thanks to popular musicians like Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift and Zooey Deschanel, the ukulele is enjoying a long-overdue comeback. If you learn to play the ukulele, you'll be among a long list of famous plinkers, including Neil Armstrong, Lucille Ball and even Fozzie Bear.
So run, don’t tip toe, to Lakewood Library's Ukulele for Beginners session taught by Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra's maestro Gary Jugert. You’ll get to know the instrument and walk out having learned a few songs! Grab a “strum buddy” and stop by for a couple hours of zany music making with the enigmatic ukulele.
Bring your own ukulele or sign up to borrow one of the 24 loaner ukuleles available. Please register two weeks prior to the event. Limited to 40 participants.
Wild prohibition-era parties, hot rod racing, bank robberies, two one-gallon-jug murders, five-alarm blazes and more! That’s what’s in store during an evening at the Arvada Library with Adult Services Librarian/ history geek Boyd Fletcher. The program details lesser-known parts of Arvada history focusing on the late 1800s through 1960. Stories are based on newspaper clippings with background information provided by the Arvada Historical Society. Listen to a lively lecture, watch a slide show and have a chance for Q&A with members of the Arvada Historical Society… all while enjoying light refreshments (not including one-gallon jugs).
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 303-275-6173 to register or just join us at the time of the program by calling 303-502-5189.
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 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.