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carol

Everyone’s happy to see Scarlet when she comes to the Standley Lake Library for her PAWS for Reading session. Scarlet, a rescued Siberian Husky named for her beautiful reddish coat, is one of the most mellow animals known to man. Chosen for her good nature, Scarlet is a wonderful representative of Animals 4 Therapy.  

Scarlet gently greets children and lies down as they read to her. At the end of each reading session, she politely accepts her favorite treat – “Cheesies” (as Susan, her handler, calls them) and escorts the kids out of the room.

Get to know Scarlet:

• Birthday: Valentine’s Day! (She turned 9 on 2/14/16)

• Lives in: Arvada

• Favorite Toy: Anything that squeaks

• Favorite Snack: Cheesies – They look like Cheese-it crackers.

• Favorite Book: Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

• How long has she been a therapy dog? 2 ½ years

• Nickname: “Scardini” because when she was younger, she escaped from almost anywhere!

The PAWS for Reading program is one of the most popular programs at JCPL. Any kid who reads enjoys a furry friend listener. PAWS for Reading is particularly helpful for reluctant readers. (Reading out loud is also a great exercise for a budding reader!) Kids tend to be much more comfortable reading to dogs because there’s no stress and no judgment.

If you’d like a chance to read with Scarlet or one of her canine buddies, be sure to register for your 15-minute session. Call 303-235-5275 or ask our staff for details.

by: 
Sandi, Arvada Library

Do you have a new or reluctant reader in your family?  For many kids reading to a furry friend, or an awesome Teen Volunteer would make reading practice more enjoyable.  Jefferson County Public Library's PAWS for Reading, and Reading Buddies leaves kids wanting to read even more. 

At PAWS for Reading, kids who are learning to read, and who are building confidence in their reading skills read with a dog friend from Animals 4 Therapy.  Dogs are perfect reading companions.  They create a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment for sharing books.  Each dog comes with a kind person who is also trained to assist, and encourage during your child's reading experience.

Drop in, or register your child for a 15-minute independent reading session, one week in advance by visiting the library or calling (303)235-5275 (JCPL).  Children must be able to read independently. 

Available at these locations.

  • Arvada: 2nd & 3rd Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Columbine: 1st & 2nd Saturdays from 1-3 P.M.
  • Evergreen: 1st Mondays at 4:00 p.m.
  • Golden: 1st & 2nd Saturdays from 2-4 p.m.
  • Lakewood: 2nd Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
  • Standley Lake (Reservations only at the library) 3rd Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.

Arvada Library Reading Buddies help promote literacy skills and a love of reading for kids grades K - 3.  This twice weekly one-hour program helps kids develop reading skills and confidence by pairing them with one of our awesome Teen Volunteers who are trained to provide special attention and support.  Little Buddies will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  While registration is not required, you can guarantee a session by calling 303-235-5275 (JCPL), online at jeffcolibrary.org, or in person at the Arvada Library.

Spring Session: Feb. 17-April 27th

  • Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
by: 
carol

"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." – Dr. Seuss

Grab your favorite red & white striped hat (optional) and join us and Read Across America as we celebrate this beloved children’s author’s 112th birthday with stories, music, games and crafts. 

Find your favorite JCPL location and join the fun.

Belmar

1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 1

Lakewood

7 p.m., Thursday, Mar. 3

Standley Lake

11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Mar. 1

Suitable for: Ages 8 and under (and all Dr. Seuss fans too!)

by: 
carol

Tomatoes in Evergreen? You Bet!

Choose the right produce to grow in your mountain food garden. With our short growing season, mountain soil, and cool summers, what provisions can we possibly grow in our gardens that will produce? As it turns out, a lot! Just in time to plan for a great 2016 garden season, join master gardener Margaret Rode in a fruitful discussion of seeds and plants that are specially adapted for our conditions. Learn about sources for high altitude seeds, easy tactics for getting an early start on things, and choosing varieties that are tough, hardy, AND productive.

2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13

Evergreen

Suitable for: Teens and Adults

 

by: 
carol

Although “watch the birdie” relates to old fashioned photography, we’re talking about friends who light up our skies and trails during this time of the year. 

Winter white creates a perfect backdrop to make local birds stand out, so we’re taking a cue from nature and invite you to join Evergreen Audubon and Evergreen Nature Center in celebrating the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). Learn more about your flighty neighbors through games, conservation crafts and (of course) bird watching. Who knows, you might catch a glimpse of a Western Scrub Jay, a Killdeer or even a Pine Sisken. 

Grab your binoculars and learn about your fine feathered friends of Colorado. Start a new family tradition! You won’t believe how easy it is to become a citizen scientist in your own backyard. We’re kicking off the three-day event by turning birdfeeders and local trails into literal field labs. Register online one week in advance. Limit: 25 participants.

Kickoff event:

1 – 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 12

Evergreen

Suitable for:  Ages 6-12

by: 
carol

The Golden Library cordially requests your presence for an afternoon fete. That’s a fancy way of saying that there’s a tea party and you’re invited! Wear an opulent dress, bring a grown-up and join us for tea, snacks and fun. Pinkies up!

4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8

Golden

Suitable for: ages 4–11

Registration required. 

 

by: 
cindy

How do you spend your Saturdays? If you’re like me, Saturdays can often be full of chores, errands, and kid's activities. But, here’s an idea – come play at the library!

Take a break from your routine and bring the family to visit us at Lakewood. We’re starting a new program that occurs every Saturday from 12 – 4 p.m. Each month there will be different themes, with games and crafts to make it a Fun Day. Families are welcome to drop-in and play.

Saturday Fun Day

Lakewood

Suitable for: Kids

by: 
Anna, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

I have a preschooler. He is three years old. Three is a fun age and honestly, a challenging age. Some parents agree with me when I say that the age of "The Terrible Two's" was cake compared to the "Three-nager" years. Preschoolers are lively, they can finally say all those cute thoughts inside their minds, and they are out to explore the world around them with diligence. What engages those little minds? What are their interests? Recently, I learned some helpful, fun facts about Preschoolers from the librarians from the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy.

  • Preschoolers are into sorting objects-This could be a fun Winter Break activity you could do at home with various things like legos. Sort them into group by color. Or gather some rocks from outside to sort by size. Or fill the bathroom sink with water to experiment what household objects sink or float. Be sure to ask your child why the apple floats. Count and record the sinking and floating items. This engages their minds. Simple experiments and sorting. 

Opposites Books demonstrate sorting catagories. For example light and heavy things are opposite and can be sorted into two different groups. 

  •  Preschoolers are growing in their emotional intelligence-My three year old has been sharing stories of compassion and he can now better understand how other people are feeling. We really enjoy reading Mo Willems' books because of all the amazing illustrations of various facial expressions and their matching emotions.

 

  • They are developing creative and abstract thinking-They enjoy Non-Fiction books, Poems, and books with complex or detailed illustrations. 

Try some Non-Fiction books with beautiful pictures. They find animals interesting and beautiful. 

Music Class Today is fun to read for adults. It's rythmic. My son loves it too bcause of the complex, interesting illustrations. 

 

by: 
Jenny, Golden Library

Friday, December 4th

10:30am: Festive Family Fun

Join us for a special outdoor hayride storytime! You might need mittens and parkas, you might need sunscreen, but we'll be doing a holiday craft and you can get your picture taken with Santa! No registration required (weather permitting)

12-8pm: Holiday Used Book Sale

Make a massive dent in your holiday shopping list - without making one in your wallet - at our annual Holiday (gently) Used Book Sale. Presented by the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library. All proceeds benefit library programs like Summer Reading!

5:30-8:30pm: Holiday Open House

We close at 5pm, but only so we can snazz up the place and re-open at 5:30pm! We're celebrating the Candlelight Walk with:

  • Cookies and hot cider
  • Ballon sculptor
  • Harpist Maria O'Bryan performs from 6-8pm

Come see us before the fireworks!

Saturday, December 5th 

10am-4pm: Holiday Used Book Sale

Too much going on last night to concentrate on our great selection of used books for sale? It happens. Come by on Saturday and browse at your leisure!

Saturday, December 12th

8:30-10:30am: Breakfast with Santa at Table Mountain Inn

A pancake breakfast storytime with Santa? Yes, please! And wait...do Santa's elves seem familiar? Reservations required: http://goldencochamber.org/olde-golden-christmas

by: 
carol

‘Tis the season… for puppets! 

Yep, it’s time again for the Evergreen Librarians to entertain with their annual holiday puppet show. Come watch and share the magic with two special themed shows. You can also show your holiday spirit with interactive songs and rhymes. This is an annual favorite, so bring the whole family (all ages welcome!) to join the fun. 

Register online 

Ages: All 

4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9

Evergreen

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