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.
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!
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
Joanna Walters is a 1994 graduate of the US Naval Academy. She was a Division I swimmer for Navy. Upon graduation, she went on to become one of the first women serving aboard combatants as a Surface Warfare Officer.
Joanna spends her downtime enjoying the mountains with her family and can often be found climbing the cliffs of North Table Mountain, running or riding the trails, hiking to the top of 14ers and playing in the snow.
Join us at Belmar Library for a visit from Margaret Coel, author of The Perfect Suspect from the series about journalist Catherine McLeod. The Perfect Suspect tells the tale about how after a candidate for governor is murdered, and his estranged wife is arrested for first-degree homicide, Catherine must risk her career—and her life—to find the witness who can identify the candidate's murderer: Detective Ryan Beckman.
Ms. Coel is a New York Times best-selling author who hails from a pioneer Colorado family. The West — the mountains, plains, and vast spaces — are in her bones, she says.
Have you taken a great trip or vacation that you think others would love to duplicate? If so, the Standley Lake library wants to hear from you. We’re looking to start a new armchair travel series called Destinations Unknown this fall.
The purpose of Destinations Unknown is to turn the library into a forum where the community can share travel tips, ideas and experiences. But to do that, we need to find people interested in presenting. We’re after all sorts of vacation stories: from the AAA bus tour down south to the Groupon travel package overseas to the decision to go backpacking for a week with no itinerary at all. Time shares, cruises, family trips, single-person getaways, a romantic expedition for couples . . . we’re interested in the details. (Well, if it was very romantic, perhaps we don’t need all the details). What worked, what didn’t work, what are must-sees and what are avoid-at-all-costs?
Don’t miss your opportunity to be Rick Steves!
So if you’d like to participate and present, contact Sean Eads at the Standley Lake Library for more details.