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Arvada's Seedy SideWild 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).

Suitable for: Adults

6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27


LK UkeleleThe 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.

Suitable for: Adults

2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22
Lakewood Library


Halloween Happenings

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.

Find out how your local library is celebrating Halloween!


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.

Presented by: The Belmar Teen Advisory Board and


Ballot IssuesUnless 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.

Let’s all get out there and vote!

Sean, Standley Lake Library

Local Authors Out LoudWe 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.

Want more details? Contact Sean Eads.


Paranormal AfternoonTruth 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

Conifer Library

2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 24


Wheat Ridge ReadsWheat 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 


Porters and ProseBeer 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.

Lariat Lodge Brewing Company

27618 Fireweed Drive



Golden Author VisitLocal author Joanna Walters will join the Golden Library to read from her book, Girl At Sea: Stories of Courage, Growth and Strength From One of the First Women to Serve on US Warships. We'll host a discussion and Q&A after the readings.

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. 

Suitable for: Adults

2 p.m. Sunday, Sep. 11


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