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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!


Hamilton, the smash Broadway musical phenomenon and winner of 11 Tony Awards and a Pultizer Prize has history and musical fans everywhere still buzzing with excitement. The PBS Arts Fall Festival brings the making of the pop culture hit to life when it kicks off the PBS series, Great Performances, hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda, later this month (airs on Rocky Mountain PBS on October 21, 9 p.m.). 

In many ways, this musical is redefining how an entire generation of young fans is learning about history through unprecedented hip-hop musical performances. You can watch a portion of the documentary and join the cast as they visit historic locations. You'll also enjoy interviews with prominent personalities ranging from musicians and politicians, to entertainers like Jimmy Fallon – and even President Barack Obama.

The Belmar Library’s Teen Advisory Board is proud to be joining forces with Rocky Mountain PBS and Green Mountain High School’s Performing Arts Department on Wednesday, October 19 to present a sneak preview portion of the documentary that takes us behind the creation of the show and how Miranda adapted Hamilton’s story into musical theater.

We kick the night off with performances from Green Mountain High School students, followed by a costume contest, door prizes, and then the main event - the 45-minute preview of the documentary. This is your chance to see it before anyone else!

The event is free and open to the public, but we do ask that you register so we know you’re coming!

7 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 19

Green Mountain High School Auditorium
13175 W. Green Mountain Drive in Lakewood

About the PBS Arts Fall Festival: PBS premieres its sixth annual PBS Arts Fall Festival on Friday, October 21, with host Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton. The PBS Arts Fall Festival, which last year reached more than nine million viewers, is a cornerstone of the Friday primetime lineup, underscoring PBS’ ongoing commitment to give audiences the best seats in the house to watch arts performances on air and online. The festival presents diverse artists and performances from across the country, including programs from GREAT PERFORMANCES, LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER, and more. Most programs will be available online at video.pbs.org/ after their broadcast premiere. For more, visit pbs.org/pressroom.

Presented by: The Belmar Teen Advisory Board and


Banned Books Fashion ShowAs far as we're concerned, banned books are always in fashion! To celebrate, Belmar Library is putting on a fashion show featuring teenage designers who create original wearable pieces inspired by challenged and banned literature. We'll have a runway show, banned book readings, a photo booth and giveaways. Banned Books Week is an American Library Association sponsored event. The 2016 Banned Book Week theme is - Diversity. 

Intellectual Freedom, Freedom to Read, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech, Anti-Censorship are also themes associated with BBW. Banned Books Week is an American Library Association sponsored event. 

6 p.m. Friday, Sep. 30

Suitable for: Teens


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


Golden TABOur teens get involved – and we love it. Our Teen Advisory Board's (TAB) give teens the chance to help plan teen-specific library events, services and more. Currently, Golden, Lakewood, Arvada, Columbine, Standley Lake, and Belmar have TABs.  Most meet once a month - that’s a “teeny” amount of time out of your schedule. If you’re in grades 7-12, want to make friends, and have a say about what you want from YOUR library, stop by and fill out an application.


Calling all designers. Belmar Library is looking for teen fashion designers to participate in a Banned Book Week (BBW) Themed Fashion show.


Designer Applications due: September 9, 2016.  

As far as we're concerned, banned books are always in fashion! To celebrate, we're putting on a fashion show featuring teenage designers who create original wearable pieces inspired by challenged and banned literature. We'll have a runway show, banned book readings, a photo booth and giveaways. Banned Books Week is an American Library Association sponsored event. Do you have a great design in mind? We can help with creative tips and even a sewing class. 

Banned Books Week: Free Sewing Class

2 - 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10

Learn basic stitches and construction to create your Banned Book Week Teen Fashion Show original wearable. Instructor Chris Darby from Gold Crown Enrichment Center's Club House leads designers, offering tips and tricks to make your fashions fabulous! This class is appropriate for teen designers who have applied to be part of the Banned Books Week Teen Fashion Show.

Fashion Show

6 p.m. Friday, Sep. 30

If you're between the ages of 12-18, find out how to participate by contacting Belmar's Teen Librarian, Lisa Dibbern. Designers must be between the ages of 12-18. Materials and themes are open to interpretation but should fit with themes associated with Banned Books Week. The 2016 Banned Book Week theme is - Diversity. 

Intellectual Freedom, Freedom to Read, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech, Anti-Censorship are also themes associated with BBW. Banned Books Week is an American Library Association sponsored event. 


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


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. 

Destinee, Teen Contributor

Every day, you capture something beautiful. It may be a picture of the sun sitting on the horizon. It could be a sketch of a girl sitting in a corner. It could be a sculpture of a butterfly. Whatever you create, we want it. 

The Belmar Teen Advisory Board is looking for your art. If you send your art in, it will have a chance to be displayed in the August art exhibit. To enter, you must be between the ages of 12 and 18. To submit, you may email Librarian Lisa, or drop off your work at library before July 15. If your work is chosen, you will be notified by July 22. The exhibit will open with an artist’s reception on August 2.

Here’s what you need to know:


1.       With your art, you must include the dimensions, artists name, age, grade, school, title, medium, and year of creation

2.       You can unfortunately, only submit five pieces of art

3.       You will be notified by July 22 if your art is included

4.       Your art must be dropped off at the library before July 30

We are excepting most forms of art, including paintings, sketches, photos, sculptures, structures, and ceramics.  If you have any questions, please email Librarian Lisa



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!


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