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by: 
MacKenzie

Spring Break FunSpring Break is this week and we're ready to celebrate with your family! Swing by your local library and check out our special Spring Break programming for kids of all ages. Our lineup of events, movies and more will have you busting out all over with fun. Here’s a hint of what’s in store:

  • Mini Golf for Kids
  • LEGO® Stop Motion Animation
  • After-Hours Laser Tag
  • Giant Board Games

Intrigued? Check out all our Spring Break events!

by: 
Cindy

Girls in STEMDespite nearly two decades of concerted efforts to attract girls and women to the fields of engineering and computing, the numbers haven’t improved. In fact, they’re getting worse. According to a 2015 study by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), just 12% of engineers are women, and the number of women in computing has fallen from 35% in 1990 to just 26% in 2013.

Golden Library offers STEM Girls at 4 p.m. on select Mondays. These STEM events provide girls with the chance to play and learn in an open and nonjudgmental atmosphere. The events are led by Bell Middle School’s Girls in iSTEM Club. And in connection with the Colorado School of Mines, the Golden Library is hosting a STEM Girls Competition this month.

What will you create? Think big. Think small. Think about how you can build a better world. We’re hosting a STEM Competition to challenge your brains. Creations should be an original design and related to energy and environment, health and nutrition, or biomedical. You should include a hypothesis and a visual aid of your concept – a video, tri-fold display, poster, model or anything that best conveys your innovation. You can work individually or in groups of four or less.

Competition Notes:

  • Eligibility: Girls grades 5-8, may work individually or in a group of no more than 4.
  • Contest begins Jan. 5 – Feb. 22. Judges want to see what creations entrants think can help build a better world or solve an everyday problem.
  • Entries can be related to energy and development, health and nutrition, or biomedical.
  • Projects should include a hypothesis and a visual of the creations. Visual aids may be a video, tri-fold display, poster, model or anything that best conveys the innovation or solution being described.
  • On February 22, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., girls in grades 5 through 8 will present their projects at the Golden Library and students from Colorado School of Mines outreach program designed for girls (DECTech Students) will judge them.
  • Winners will be honored at the International Women’s Day Luncheon on March 8 at the Denver Marriott West and all contestants will receive a certificate of participation.

For more information, contact Stephanie Douglas at the Golden Library or call 303-235-5275.

by: 
Carol

Winter BreakWinter break is time for family, friends, and let’s face it, sometimes cabin fever. Need an activity to give you a change of pace? We’re here to help with movies, Cubelets, stop-motion animation lessons, laser tag, Muppets and more!

See all Winter Break Events

There's a blizzard of amazing ways to spend a few hours at the library. Happy holidays!

 

by: 
Carol

Holiday Open HousesYou'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 Hacks
  • 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. 

by: 
Carol

AR farm animal story timeWhat do an alpaca and a pot-bellied pig have in common? Even though neither can read, they’re visiting Arvada Library for a very special Preschool Story Time. That’s right! Commissioner Don Rosier visits on Monday, November 14 for a very special “Farm Animal” themed Story Time. He’ll bring one of Jefferson County’s 4-H families along, and they’ll bring a few farm animal friends. 

Fun facts:

Man rates the pig as the fifth most intelligent animal with man ranking first, followed by monkeys, dolphins, and whales. They function by instinct, intuition and memory. Pigs are much like children. They find your weak spot and manipulate until they get their way. -potbellypigs.com

The alpaca comes in two breed-types: huacaya (pronounced wah‑KI‑ah) and suri (SOO‑ree). Huacayas, the more common type, account for about 90% of all alpacas, and have fluffy, crimpy fleece that gives the animals a teddy bear-like appearance. Suris, on the other hand, grow silky, lustrous fleece that drapes gracefully in beautiful pencil-locks.-alpacainfo.com

Get your EIEIO on at Arvada Library at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14.

by: 
MacKenzie

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!

by: 
Carol

Star WarsYou don't have to travel to a galaxy far, far away. It's Star Wars Reads at JCPL! Libraries are hosting events and activities for all ages. Use the force. Read more, you must! Shine up your droid and head to the library to celebrate all things Star Wars!

Bookmobile
We'll be in the Ken Caryl Safeway parking lot with a collection of Star Wars books and comics.
12-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5

Belmar
Crafts and activities
12-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12

Evergreen
Crafts and activities
1 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12

Columbine
Show your enthusiasm,  come in costume and enjoy games, crafts and trivia.
1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23

by: 
Cindy

Learn and Play ChessOn any weekday afternoon you might expect 17-year-old Justin Gailey to be studying, playing basketball, or enjoying a video game. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) student at Lakewood High School in Jefferson County, he’s doing all this – and then some.

Every Monday afternoon this fall, you’ll find Justin teaching elementary students the game of chess at the Lakewood Library.  

Justin started the program to give back to his community.  His school’s IB program encourages students to initiate a community project, and when he realized there was no local programming teaching chess to kids, he knew he was the guy to fill the gap.

Justin’s interest in chess began at an early age as he recalls watching his dad and brother play the game, begging them to let him join the fun. Wanting to learn the game, he went to his local library to learn and play, but found he was still too young.

Justin was determined to play and quickly discovered the game on his own, then attended chess camps and even played in a Las Vegas tournament where he finished among the top competitors.

Justin has experience tutoring kids in math and says the game of chess helps with early math and critical thinking skills. He wants to see the program grow and more kids get involved.  “Give it a chance,” he says. “Chess is a lot of fun and you can learn by playing the game.”

Justin hopes to study accounting or engineering next year.  

by: 
Carol

PAWS for Reading When setting up this interview, I asked what breed of dog I was going to meet. The librarian in Golden said, “She’s a gorgeous Bernese Mountain Dog who loves reading, romantic candlelight dinners and long walks on the beach.” I knew I was in for a treat… and was not disappointed.

Mattie is a big, beautiful, loving partner in our PAWS for Reading program. She greets with enthusiasm and knows how to make friends right away. She’s also very intuitive. If her reader is a bit nervous and stand-offish, Mattie will lie quietly; but, if the kiddo is enthusiastic and wants to play, Mattie is happy to oblige with hugs and nuzzling.

It was just by happenstance that Jaelyn stopped by the library and had the chance to read to Mattie. Jaelyn is heading into 6th grade and will surely have a terrific “what I did on my summer vacation” story about her session with Mattie.

Mattie’s mom/handler, Kelley has raised Mattie since puppyhood and watched as Mattie made her way through puppy kindergarten, Good Citizen training and the Therapy Dog program. Mattie’s been participating in our PAWS for Reading program for a year. Before that, when the family lived in California, Mattie and Kelley visited a local elementary school and read with kids each week. In other words, she’s a trained professional!

Get to know Mattie:

• Birthday: October, 2011

• Lives in: Golden

• Favorite toy: This dog LOVES her stuffies. At last count, Mattie had over 11 toys. She carries them everywhere, snuggles with them and sleeps with them. If she had to pick a favorite, it’d be the big cheetah.

• Favorite food: Treats, treats and more treats. But these days, Mattie is snacking on cucumber and watermelon since she’s watching her girly figure.

• Favorite books: The “Biscuit” series.

• Favorite movie: “The Kid” starring Bruce Willis

• Biggest challenge: Keeping up with fashion. Her PAWS mate, Shelby shows up with the cutest accessories, so Mattie makes sure to wear a stylish bow or something similar.

If you know someone who’d like to read with Mattie or any of our other wonderful pups provided through our partnership with Animals 4 Therapy program, register for your 15-minute session by calling 303-235-5275 or asking our staff for details. Be forewarned, you will fall in love.

by: 
carol

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

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