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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

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

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. 

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