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Wheat Ridge Library 
4 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 
Suitable for: Kids 

There’s nothing quite like being on a hike and encountering a wild animal in its natural habitat, especially when you’re a kid who’s experiencing the glory of nature for the first time. All of a sudden, your curiosity is piqued and you want to know more about the natural world and its inhabitants! 

If you've ever wondered what a bear thinks about, why a gopher grins, or pondered the doings of deer, this program is "fur sure" up your alley. Get wild in Wheat Ridge as you discover the clues left by wild animals and participate in fun activities with authentic props.


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


Cupcake Wars
3 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 23
Golden Library

Suitable for: Grades 6-12

Choose your weapons and battle for honor and glory. It’s time for Cupcake Wars at the Golden Library. Come fully prepared to impress the judges. We’ll give you a set amount of time along with a challenging list of ingredients. Think you’ve got what it takes? On your mark, get set, DECORATE!

Space is limited, so register one week in advance. All supplies will be provided. And here’s the best news…You’ll be able to enjoy the spoils of war. SuhWEET.


Storytelling has been part of Jewish religion and custom from earliest times, and to this day remains a defining aspect of Jewish life. The best part is that you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy these stories. With humor, warmth and wisdom, Jewish stories entertain, teach and fascinate listeners of all ages and backgrounds.

Explore Jewish culture through a fun series of stories and activities presented by Judaism in the Foothills, B’nai Chaim, Jewish Colorado and PJ Library. We’ll even send you home with a free kid’s book.

2 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 17

2 p.m. Sunday, May 1

2 p.m. Sunday, May 8
Wheat Ridge

2 p.m. Sunday, May 29

2 p.m. Sunday, June 12

2 p.m. Sunday, June 26

Suitable for: Ages 2-8


Giraffes can't dance…GIRAFFES CAN’T DANCE!

OneBook 4 Colorado, the popular reading program that puts books in the hands of young children and encourages families to read together is back, with events and book giveaways scheduled April 11-25 throughout the state. This year’s book is Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and we’re giving it away to every 4-year-old (in English AND Spanish) that visits a Jeffco library between today and April 25!

Giles Andreae will be hosting a live Google Hangout on April 19 at 9:00 a.m. and you can join the chat with him on One Book 4 Colorado’s Google+ page. Ask the author questions and find out more about this year’s book!


Eager minds wanted. Like to create, build, play… and challenge yourself? Columbine STEAM Power is your chance to learn and explore. Each month is based on one aspect of STEAM so there are various programs for several interests. 

Here are the upcoming monthly themes:

April: Because MATH (Math Challenge)
5 p.m. Monday, April 11
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13
2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17

May: What's the MATTER? (Odd States of Matter)
5 p.m. Monday, May 9
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11
2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15

June: Rockin' Robotics (Beginning Robotics)
5 p.m. Monday, June 6
3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8
2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12

Columbine Library
Suitable for: Ages 7+


Which one of your favorite stuffed snuggle friends is ready for an overnight adventure at the library? Bring us that lucky furry friend for a library sleepover and we promise to take very good care of them. Each fuzzy friend will leave the next day, along with a fun photo of their overnight antics. Drop off during open hours Wednesday or Thursday and pick up on Friday or Saturday.

Drop off:
9 a.m. Wednesday, Apr. 13
9 a.m. Thursday, Apr. 14

Pick up:
9 a.m. Friday, Apr. 15
9 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 16

Evergreen Library
Suitable for: Ages 4+


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!


All Colorado 4-year-olds can get a copy of same book this spring! JCPL is once again partnering with OneBook 4 Colorado to give away 75,000 copies of the same book (in English and Spanish) to every 4-year-old in Colorado from April 11-25 in all Jeffco library locations! Reading with preschoolers every day helps get kids ready to learn to read in kindergarten, and getting free books into homes makes that easier. 

We’re also hosting a super special Toddler Time and Family Time with an extra special guest at Columbine Library on the morning of April 11, so mark your calendars and we’ll see you there! 


Monday, April 4, is a day worth celebrating!  It's the first day of JCPL's expanded schedule, which restores Library service hours to pre-recession levels.

Beginning Monday, JCPL’s larger libraries (Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Evergreen, Golden, Lakewood and Standley Lake) will be open 65 hours a week (up from 51), and the smaller libraries (Conifer, Edgewater and Wheat Ridge) will be open from 40.5 to 48 hours per week.

In honor of this very special occasion, volunteers will be on hand to hand out cookies and balloons (compliments of the Library Foundation; while supplies last), and staff will be on hand to showcase other exciting enhancements, including more books and materials and updated technology. 

This is an important day for JCPL and Jefferson County, and we hope you'll stop by to celebrate with us! 


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