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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

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

Raise a ReaderEveryone knows reading is important. And it’s vital to start that love of reading at an early age. That’s why we’re hosting a series of events called “Raise a Reader.” 

It’s fun! It’s free! And it’s at your library. Learn to Raise a Reader through engaging and playful activities. Create simple projects to take home and enjoy a snack while visiting local community organizations and businesses sharing helpful information. 

Our fair offers valuable resources to help you engage your little ones in TALKING – WRITING – PLAYING – DANCING – and READING.

We also have a special gift for the first 300 guests. Choose your favorite Jeffco Public Library location and mark your calendar for Raise a Reader.

12 – 4 p.m. Saturdays:  

Sep. 17 | Wheat Ridge 

Sep. 24 | Edgewater 

Sep. 24 | Golden 

Sep. 24 | Evergreen  

Oct. 1 | Belmar 

Oct. 1 | Standley Lake 

Oct. 1 | Arvada

Oct. 8 | Columbine 

Oct. 15 | Lakewood 

Suitable for: Babies through elementary and their families

by: 
carol

Raising Jeffco Readers

It’s fun! It’s free! And it’s at your library. Learn to Raise a Reader through engaging and playful activities. Create simple projects to take home and enjoy a snack while visiting local community organizations and businesses sharing helpful information. 

Special gift for the first 300 kids each day at each location. 

12 – 4 p.m. Saturdays: 

  • Sep. 17 | Wheat Ridge 
  • Sep. 24 | Edgewater 
  • Sep. 24 | Golden 
  • Sep. 24 | Evergreen  
  • Oct. 1 | Belmar 
  • Oct. 1 | Standley Lake 
  • Oct. 1 | Arvada
  • Oct. 8 | Columbine 
  • Oct. 15 | Lakewood 

Suitable for: Babies through elementary and their families

by: 
carol

Homework Help

For most, back-to-school is an exciting time to reconnect with friends, show off a new outfit and gear up for a fresh start.

For others, it’s the return of high anxiety due to being stunned with schoolwork and the pressure to get good grades. 

If only there was a secret weapon…

It’s JCPL to the rescue! The library is one of your best secrets to getting through the year, improving your grades and making connections with those overwhelming assignments.

Use your library card to log in and check out the abundance of online resources. If you haven’t logged on recently, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. Here’s just the tip of the iceberg: 

Lynda.com is a fabulous collection of “how to” videos on subjects from software to digital photography.

Mango Languages is a good (and super fun) go-to collection of video tutorials to give you a boost with that foreign language class. 

New York Times is one of the best sources for information, and you have access to full text from 1851 to the present, as well as full text of NYT Book Review and Magazine from 1997 to the present.

Our Kids & Families staff have put together a great list of online resources for our littlest learners. 

Online tools are great, but it doesn’t always replace the human connection. That’s why we offer Homework Help because sometimes it's easier to get homework help from someone other than your parents. The Golden Library and Colorado School of Mines Phi Gamma Delta fraternity are here to help students in grades 1-12 to stop in and get help in any subject. Drop-ins welcome. 

In addition, Arvada Library Reading Buddies helps promote literacy skills and a love of reading for children in grades K-3. This program develops reading skills and confidence by pairing them with an older student who can provide special attention and support. Reading Buddies Fall Sessions are from Sep. 3 - Dec. 21, Wednesdays @ 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays @ 10:30 a.m.

But wait, there’s more. Did you know that you can book your own librarian for personal research assistance?    

Personal note: Last year, my son was struggling in math. I sent him to our library to get homework help from one of the fabulous volunteers. Guess what? He came home understanding the work and was more confident than ever. And he raised his grade, too.

Trust me, folks. It works. #LibrariesMatter

by: 
cindy

Always wanted to check out Colorado’s 42 state parks? Now you can. We're excited to now offer Colorado State Parks passes through our Culture Pass and Lucky Day program. You can read the nitty gritty details on how the passes work and how you can get your hands on them, but here’s what you need to know:

  • Valid for all 42 Colorado state parks (Does not include national parks or national monuments)
  • Allows free entry for one carload
  • Does not include camping or fishing fees

Inside the backpack, you’ll find the entry pass; binoculars; Colorado wildlife, trees and wildflowers laminated guides; Guide to Your 42 State Parks; Leave No TraceTM card; activity ideas list; and an evaluation form.

JCPL, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Department of Education and the State Library are pleased to partner in bringing the Check Out Colorado State Parks program to 286 libraries throughout Colorado. 

In case you’re wondering what’s behind this program, it not only provides tremendous learning experiences and encourages healthy activities, it gives everyone the opportunity to experience Colorado’s amazing state parks and all they have to offer. 

We expect these passes to be popular, but don’t despair. We’ve set it up so some are reserveable online and they’re also available as Lucky Day items on a first-come, first-available basis.

We'd love to see your photos in the parks - share it on Instagram @jeffcolibrary #CheckoutColorado. 

by: 
cindy

Way to go, Jeffco! We have officially met the halfway point of our Summer Reading marathon goal of 26.2 million minutes. While we know this is a lofty and ambitious goal, we believe you can make it happen. We are already ahead of where we were last year, both in registered readers and minutes. 

Keep reading! Keep signing up your friends and family! Keep logging your minutes! We still have plenty of water bottles (and sippy cups for the under 3 crowd!).  There’s also a free Chipotle kid’s meal or burrito for teens (BOGO for adults), and a free ice McDonald’s ice cream cone when you hit the hallway point. 

And when you reach your end goal, you’ll have earned your free book!

Remember – everything you read counts!  Books, audiobooks, ebooks, menus, magazines, business reports – even cereal boxes! You read more than you probably think each day so make the minutes count!

So let’s do it. Let’s keep going! Let’s zoom pass last year’s 18 million minutes and finish this marathon!

by: 
cindy

As the temperature approaches 100 degrees in Colorado, why not enjoy some amazing Summer Reading events for the entire family at your local library.

If you haven’t visited the Summer Reading events page, check it out. We have something for everyone, from butterfly and karate classes for the little ones, to laser tag and escape rooms for the teens. And adults, we didn’t forget about you. Fitness, yoga, cooking and more are waiting for you to explore. All the Summer Reading events are based around the Go Read. Go! theme.

You can browse the entire calendar of events or search by age. What are you waiting for? Exercise your brain and Go Read! Go!

by: 
Mackenzie

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.

by: 
Carol

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

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