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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


‘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



Holiday Open Houses

You are warmly invited to join us for our lovely holiday open houses. Several Jeffco locations are readying the trimmings to help us welcome you for a bit of holiday cheer. Please see below for times and locations. We look forward to seeing you and getting into the spirit of the season.


5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1

In conjunction with Old Town Arvada's Lagniapppe celebration, the library invites you to attend our holiday open house! Enjoy the season among friends with music from Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow, light refreshments, crafts, and pictures with Santa.



2:45 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16

Join the Conifer library for holiday cookies, crafts, music and games.



5 - 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12

12 - 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13

Evergreen Holiday Open House and Book Sale

Join us for holiday festivities as we say “thank you” to our community. You’ll enjoy live music from the Evergreen High School Choir Friday night, light refreshments, activities for kids and adults, and a “gently used” book sale.

Book sale:

10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12

12 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13



5:30 - 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4

Join us for cookies and hot cider, balloon sculptor and music, live harp music performed by Maria Obryan as well as nearby entertainment (Golden Visitor’s Center down the street) and fireworks (presented by City of Golden). The Candlelight Walk/Holiday Open House is a wonderful tradition. And do a little shopping too! Our Holiday Used Book Sale presented by the Friends of Jefferson County Public Library will be open:

12 – 8 p.m. Friday, December 4

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, December 5



2 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12

'Tis the season for music, crafts, and cookies! We're hosting an Open House with Celtic fingerstyle guitarist Jerry Barlow.  Join us for cookies, cider and kids crafts.


Wheat Ridge

12 - 4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 6

Get that ho ho ho spirit with our kids craft party.  Kids are invited to create a craft for holiday gift giving and to have their faces painted from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.




It’s winter break. 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. Take a look at a variety of amazing ways to spend a few hours.  This is just a sampling, so be sure to peruse the Event Calendar online - search for "Winter Break."

Happy holidays!

Standley Lake

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28
LibLab: Ancient Rome
Join us for a fun, hands-on hour as we explore the wonders of Ancient Rome.  We'll build arches (like the Roman Coliseum) catapults and more. Registration required. Free online tickets available one week prior. Ages 6-11

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29
LibLab: Solve a Crime
Explore the science behind the forensics of using clues for solving crimes.  Figure out how footprints, DNA, fingerprints and more help… and then see if you can solve the Standley Lake Library Heist! Registration required - Free on-line tickets available one week before.Ages 6-11

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
LibLab: Mystery of Acoustics
Make some noise! Come explore the science of acoustics with dancing, screaming, and chiming (not by humans)! Registration required - Free on-line tickets available one week before. Ages 6-11

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31
LibLab: Mythic Creature Art
It's tin time! Create original, fantastic tin art featuring our favorite mythical creatures.  Registration required - Free on-line tickets available one week before. Ages 6-11



1 - 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21
Movie Time+ – ELF – and cookie decorating
Watch the movie Elf (PG) and decorate holiday cookies. In this popular holiday movie, the elves raise Buddy as one of their own, but when he begins to notice his differences to the other elves he goes to New York City to find his family.  The movie begins at 1 p.m.  Kids can decorate cookies to eat here or take home.  If you can't come for the movie, drop by between 2:45 and 5 p.m. to decorate cookies. Ages 5+

1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22
LEGO Build & Play - Special Winter Break Edition. All ages

1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23
Movie Time+ – The Muppet Christmas Carol – and cookie decorating
Watch The Muppet's Christmas Carol (G) and decorate holiday cookies.  In this popular holiday movie, Scrooge is visited by the sprits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. After revisiting his sorrowful past, hate-filled present, and doomed future, Scrooge turns over a new leaf and becomes the most generous person in town. The movie begins at 1 p.m. Kids can then decorate cookies to eat here or take home.  If you can't come for the movie, drop by between 2:45 and 5 p.m. to decorate cookies. Ages 5+

1 - 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28
Winter Break Fun - Surprise Craft!
Drop into the Children's Area between 1 - 5 p.m. to create a surprise craft! Ages 5+

1 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29
Winter Break Fun - Recycled Puzzle Picture Frame
Make a cool picture frame using recycled puzzle pieces.  The fun will be in the Columbine meeting room.

1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
Painting with Magnets
Drop in to the Children's Area to make a masterpiece for the fridge - or wherever you wish to display it.

5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
Teen Movie Time - Jurassic Park
The Columbine Teen Movie Club is a twist on the traditional book club. And there's pizza involved. Here's how it works: Read the book of the month and then meet at the library to watch the movie based on that book! We'll discuss whether the movie was better than the book, if it was an awful, no-good, horrible travesty, or if it was just an okay movie that accurately represented the source material. A whole new book every month? Seriously? Don't have time for that? That’s okay, we get it. Come and watch the movie with the group, eat a slice of pizza, and add your thoughts.



10:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19
Family Movie Time – Polar Express (G)
Put on your jammies (optional!) and join us for this classic movie based on children's author Chris Van Allsburg's modern holiday classic of the same name, The Polar Express revolves around Billy, who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so with his family's dogged insistence that all of it is a myth, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself. This all changes on Christmas Eve when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train's conductor, along with the other passengers, help turn Billy's crisis in faith into a journey of self-discovery. (100 minutes)

1 p.m. Monday Dec. 21
Movie Time – ELF (PG)
Buddy was a baby who stowed away in Santa's toy bag and ended up at the North Pole. The elves raise him as one of their own, but when he begins to notice he’s different than the other elves, he goes to New York City to find his birth father in this sweet holiday comedy. (97 minutes)

1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22 
Movie Time – Inside Out (PG)
Growing up can be a bumpy road and it's no exception for Riley who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions; joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life.  (102 minutes)

1 - 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23
LEGO Play & Build - Special Winter Break Edition

1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28
Movie Time – Minions (PG)
Starting as single-celled yellow organisms, Minions evolve through the ages, perpetually serving the most despicable of masters. Continuously unsuccessful at keeping these masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon, the Minions find themselves without someone to serve and fall into a deep depression. But one Minion named Kevin has a plan and alongside teenage rebel Stuart and lovable little Bob, he ventures out into the world to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow.  (91 minutes)

1 - 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30
LEGO Play & Build

1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31
Movie Time - Shaun the Sheep Movie (PG)
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargains for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.  (85 minutes)



Give thanks for things to do at your library

Here comes Thanksgiving week, everybody! The kids are out of school and we’re all excited for the feast. If you’re searching for fun activities to keep the family entertained, look no further than the following Jeffco Library locations. 


Thanksgiving Week Fun - Paint it! Kids age 5 and up can stop by and get creative with this exciting hands-on paint project!

  • 1 - 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23

Family Movie Night-Pocahontas (G) 85 minutes. Join us for a special Thanksgiving week family movie night! Rediscover the Disney movie Pocahontas (1995), which was awarded two Oscars, for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score and Best Original Song for "Colors of the Wind."

  • 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24

Thanksgiving Week Fun - Craft it! Kids age 5 and up can stop by to get crafty and make something unique!

  • 1 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.25

Teen Time: Book Pumpkins. It may be a few days after Thanksgiving, but hey, why not get a start on next year's decorations?! It's never too late to make a book pumpkin. Although if you wanna be "seasonal" with it, I suppose you could make a book snowman...

  • 4 - 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30



Star Wars Fun Parties. There will be activities, crafts, treats and adventures. Come in costume on if you'd like to add to the fun!

  • 3 - 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23
  • 3 - 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24
  • 3 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25



Turkey Tuesday. Gobble! Gobble! We'll have turkey-themed storytimes, build-a-turkey- LEGO time, and a movie - An American Tail (Rated G). Drop in for some fun.

  • 12:30 p.m. -- All Ages, Turkey Storytime and Craft
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. -- LEGO Turkey Time
  • 3 p.m. - Movie: An American Tail
  • 7 p.m. - Family Night Turkey Storytime and Craft


Standley Lake

Matinee Madness – “Terminator: Genisys”: Prepare your best Arnold Schwarzenegger imitation and watch as John Connor is bound to safeguard the future, sending Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor. It wouldn't be a blockbuster without an unexpected turn of events, though, so come see what happens. We’ll have popcorn and lemonade. Bring a pillow if you’re a floor-sitter. PG-13. Run time is 119 min.

  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21


Know when to fold 'em with LOL (Lakewood Origami Lovers). Fold some spectacular shapes. It's easier than it looks! Drop-ins welcome & paper provided. Newbies to origami are welcome as we will have a guided project. More advanced crafters are also welcome to come and work on their own projects, collaborate or teach others. Ages 12+ Children under 8 may attend with an adult.

  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21


Barbara, Evergreen Library

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...a farm boy, a jedi, a smuggler, a wookie, a sith lord, two droids and a princess walk into a bar, quite literally, and set the stage, for the ultimate battle of good vs. evil, and the Star Wars universe was born! If you're like me, and a few million other fans, you only watched Monday Night Football last week to see the, latest and last, trailer for Star Wars the Force Awakens, and it didn't disappoint. Now you ask, what is a diehard fan to do, between now and December 18th?

READ of course! and attend an upcoming Star Wars Program @ your local library.

(If you missed, or even if you didn't, the Star Wars the Force Awakens trailer, check out the video at the bottom of this post!)

Star Wars, a New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy

by Alexandra Bracken

Star Wars, the Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to be a Jedi?

by Adam Gidwitz

Star Wars, Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side

by Tom Angleberger

Star Wars the Weapon of a Jedi: a Luke Skywalker Adventure

by Jason Fry

Star Wars Moving Target: a Princess Leia Adventure

by Cecil Castellucci

Star Wars Smuggler's Run: a Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure

by Greg Rucka

Happy Reading and May the Force be With You!!!


Anna, Kids and Families Outreach Librarian

I recently heard Rae Pica speak on the importance of moving while learning. This is active learning; engaging the body and mind. Research shows children learn best when they experience new ideas and concepts through play and movment. In an article Pica wrote titled In Defense of Active Learningshe explains that moving our bodies helps activate our brains. She had a few cute pre-writing movement ideas I thought would be fun to do at home with your little ones. 

- Hand and Finger Activities: Sing "Open, Shut Them". Many libraries sing this song to begin their Storytimes. This song activates the brains of our babies, toddlers, and preschoolers as they practice their hand-eye coordination; a must-have pre-writing skill.  

- Sky Writers: Use your index finger to "write" a letter, word, or a name in the sky. This will help your child practice the feeling of straight and curvy. You could take this a step further and pretend to put your sky writer in your belly button or on the tip of your nose while writing the word in the air. Kids love the belly button writer and it's super cute to watch too! 

- The Above, Below, and On movement: Tape a line on the floor, use the straight edge of a rug or strech a ribbon across the floor and jump above the line, below the line, or on the line. This will help your child understand where to start and where to finish writing lower case and upper case letters. After playing this game, practice writing letters, words, or names on paper. 

- Build a Story: Start a story and take turns adding to the plot creating the beginning, middle, and end of a story. For example, you could start this activity by saying, " Once there was a dog who..." and let your child add the next idea. Then you, or another family member contributes the following part of the story. This activity demonstrates the beginning, middle, and end of a story. It's a great way to pass the time in the car too! 

-The Mirror Game: This game is important for replicating what the eye sees. This replication is what learning to write is all about. Stand infront of your child and take turns mimicing each others' movements. You and your child should try to move as if you were seeing a reflection of yourself in the mirror. Lucy does it best in this video clip below. Lucy is a crack up and I think this should have you and your child smiling too! Go ahead, throw on that Halloween costume while you do this! 

Come to one of our 'Movin and Grovin' Fests'. The next fest is this Saturday, October 24th, at the Arvada Library and the Evergreen Library from 11:00am-4:00pm. We will have crafts! 

Photo Credit: Neville Nel


Halloween is lurking just around the corner. We love this holiday and have a hauntingly fun list of events to get you in the spirit. 

Join us throughout the month for terrifying treats and haunted horrors on the big screen. DO dress up as your favorite spooky specter so the other monsters don't think you're just a tasty tidbit. And speaking of tasty tidbits, feel free to bring your own snacks to enjoy and share with our other ghoulish guests.

11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 24 - Poltergeist (PG)
2 p.m. Saturday, October 24 - Hotel Transylvania (PG) - This movie is part of our Family Movie Matinee series.
10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 31 - Universal Monster Movie Marathon

Teens, 11-18, join us for a Halloween party with plenty of spooky activities and light snacks. Don't forget to dress up. The best costume wins a prize!

6:30 p.m. Friday, October 30

Twisted Tales: A Murder in Wonderland. There’s been a murder in Wonderland and you need to solve it. Don’t be late for this very thrilling date. Murder Mystery written and performed by teens.

6:00 p.m., Friday, October 23
Grades 6 – 12. Costumes required, cosplay encouraged. Register online.

Join the Lakewood Library staff for spooky stories, crafts, and other fun activities. Great for young children.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29

Arvada, Belmar, Columbine, Edgewater
Superhero Training Academy

Calling all Superheroes! It’s time to decide if you’re a bird, a plane or… [make something up!]. Visit your favorite library to enroll in Superhero Training Academy. Enjoy heroic stories and create your own identity. Make a costume and start training for super exploits. Hang out and compare your super power with other superheroes too. Who knows, you could save the world! Registration is required. Free tickets available one week before the program.  Go online to jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235-5275 (JCPL). Ages 5 -10.

  • 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 20 – Edgewater
  • 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Golden
  • 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Evergreen
  • 6:30 p.m.  Tuesday, October 27 - Arvada
  • 3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29 – Belmar
  • 3:30 p.m. Friday, November 13 - Standley Lake
  • 6 p.m. Monday, November 16 – Columbine

Standley Lake
Spooky Stories with a Grin
7 p.m. Friday, October 30
Age 6+. Free tickets available one week prior.

Don't get spooked. Do get in the mood and enjoy Halloween with Jeffco Library!


This week we hosted author and education specialist Rae Pica as the guest speaker at an event for parents, teachers, educators and childcare providers.

The Movin’ and Groovin’ event kicks off a month of special events for our littlest patrons. Throughout October and November our locations are hosting Movin’ and Groovin’ Fests to put into action some of the strategies to help get every child read to read when they start school.

Rae shared some of her favorite strategies and we want to share them with you.

Take a Listening Walk.
Walk with your child. Even as a baby in a stroller, talk to your baby as you walk along.  Use words to describe the sounds you hear along the way. Your baby is absorbing it all as he processes his environment.  Ask your toddler to listen for the natural sounds of birds, wind, or dogs barking. Then ask them to listen for the human sounds of cars, laughter, and construction.

Use music to encourage active listening.
Those childhood favorite songs, like BINGO or Heads-Shoulders-Knees and Toes, and Old McDonald, are key to helping young children learn sequencing, body movement and awareness, and patterns.

Play musical games.
Toddlers and preschoolers love musical games that get their bodies and minds engaged. Add a twist to the old favorite “musical chairs” by asking kids to freeze like a statue when the music stops, or play musical partners, giving their friend a hug when the music stops playing.

Talk – sing, whisper, shout!
Sing, chant, and mix it up by having the children say their name different ways.  Have them chant their name to learn rhythm. Have them say their name fast and then slow to practice tempo. Have them say if softly in a whisper, then shouting to learn volume. Have them sing their name to put it all in action.

You’ve got to move it, move it!
Ask children to move differently when saying their name in fun ways. As they whisper their names, have them put that quiet movement into action by tiptoeing. When they shout it, ask them to stomp each syllable/beat.  When they sing their name, encourage them to dance it.

Sky write!
Imagine your finger is a giant crayon, and then ask the children to “draw” in the air the first letter of their name. Start big, then go smaller, and smaller.  Get creative by using different parts of your body. Have them try writing the letter as if their bellybutton held the crayon, or their head.  The giggles will come out, but without any pressure.  Skywriting encourages movement, helps kids understand straight versus curvy lines, all without pressure since it’s not permanent and mistakes can’t be seen.

Play balloon volleyball.
There’s no better way to build eye-hand coordination (a prerequisite to writing!) than by playing volleyball with a balloon. Or through a chiffon scarf into the air and encourage the children to catch it. Nobody gets hurt, but they’ll be developing that precious coordination they’ll need later to hold a pencil and write.

All of these strategies of free language and movement help promote directionality and spatial awareness for children. They build word comprehension and future literacy skills. As Rae said when she wrapped up her presentation, “the best way to teach a child to write is to let them play at the playground. Gross motor skills must be developed before fine motor skills can be honed.”

You can find some of Rae’s books in our libraries and we encourage you to bring the family to one of our Movin’ and Groovin’ Fests.

Oh, one last thing…we’d like to thank the Jefferson County Library Foundation for supporting the Movin’ and Groovin’ event this week! Their support of our programs made the evening possible.


Calling all Superheroes! It’s time to decide if you’re a bird, a plane or… [make something up!].

Visit your favorite library to enroll in Superhero Training Academy. Enjoy heroic stories and create your own identity. Make a costume and start training for super exploits. Hang out and compare your super power with other superheroes too. Who knows, you could save the world!

Registration is required. Free tickets available one week before the program at jeffcolibrary.org or call 303-235-5275 (JCPL).

Ages 5 -10

5 p.m. Tuesday, October 20 – Edgewater

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Golden

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 21 - Evergreen

6:30 p.m.  Tuesday, October 27 - Arvada

3:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29 – Belmar

3:30 p.m. Friday, November 13 - Standley Lake 

6 p.m. Monday, November 16 – Columbine



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