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Prom Swap 2016
12 - 8 p.m.
Friday, April 1
Belmar Library

This is your formal invitation to bring in your no-longer-needed formalwear so it can become someone else's dream outfit. And then you can search for your own new ensemble to wear! For each dress, tuxedo/suit, pair of shoes or accessory you donate, you’ll receive tickets to trade for new-to-you items.

Don’t have anything to bring in? Don’t worry – you can "buy" tickets with canned goods. Five cans per dress or tuxedo/suit, two for shoes, one per accessory. Donations will benefit Florence Crittenton High School and the Jeffco Action Center.

Drop off: Belmar Library only: Mar. 26 - April 1


Teen Tech Week, sponsored by the American Library Association, is when we get to showcase our great digital resources and services available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. This year, Teen Tech Week is March 6-12, 2016, with the theme "Create it at your library." How creative is that!

Nuture your inner geek and join us for our JCPL Teen Tech events and help get the word out about #TTW16.

Teen Tech Week: Hour of Code

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 8


The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Certificates will be awarded at the end of the event.

Space is limited to 15 participants, so register now


Teen Tech Week: Web Know-How

5 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 9


Belmar Library has been selected to hold a workshop sponsored by Best Buy’s Blue Shirt and Geek Squad agents. The Web Know-How workshop helps teens build digital literacy skills in an interactive and collaborative environment. You’ll learn web making by manipulating code through hands-on and guided online activities. This is an amazing opportunity for aspiring techies, ages 13-18. Registration for the Web Know-How class opens two weeks before the event. Space is limited to 25 participants, so save your spot!


Teen Tech Week: Hour of Code

6 p.m. Friday, Mar. 11

Standley Lake

Everyone can code--it's an essential skill all tweens and teens should have. In this program we'll explore programming by learning about how computers think and participating in coding activities. Space is limited, so register now


Unplug with us at our once a month music session. If you’re a teen-or-older musician, bring your acoustic instruments and play together around the “campfire.”  Share your own songs with the group and/or we’ll showcase songbooks and other resources from our collection. Arvada is full of fine musicians and this is a great way to mingle and learn a thing or two from the more experienced instrumentalists. Come pick a little, play a little...or just listen!

2:30 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month               


Suitable for: Teens+


Feb. 24 is an Early Release Day for Jeffco schools!  Celebrate getting out of school early by dropping by the Golden Library's Teen Area for games of all shapes and sizes. Grab a group of friends for an Xbox 360 or Playstation 4 tournament. Or, if you’d rather not spend your extra free time in front of a screen, we’ve got board and card games for an old fashioned face-to-face challenge!

2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24


Suitable for: Grades 5-8


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


Suitable for: Teens and Adults



Sometimes love hurts. Sometimes love can be deadly. Cue the ominous music…

Kick off Valentine’s weekend with a mystery. Here’s the scenario: A harmless date between four couples quickly turns sour as a murder among the group brings out old wounds and secrets. With everyone having something to hide, who could have committed the murder? Is one of the friends a murderer or does someone working in the restaurant have a greater secret to tell? 

6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12


Suitable for: Teens

Please register in advance.


Are you "yarning" to learn to knit or crochet? Or do you already know your way around the needles and want to share your "purls" of wisdom? We invite you all to join us for the Evergreen Knitters Group! Pick up new tips and tricks, have other knitters/crocheters help you through difficult patterns or simply explain a new-to-you technique. It's a tightly knit group that will keep you in stitches, so come share your project with us!

6 p.m. Wednesdays

Jan. 27

Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24

Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23


Suitable for: Adults and Teens



Fact: A regular writing schedule keeps you motivated and makes those creative juices continue to flow. Join our teen writing group at 4 p.m. on the last Monday of each month and discover the magical words within you. This writing group is all about you.

  • Do you like writing exercises?
  • Do you enjoy discussing plot/characterization/conflict, and more story elements?
  • Do you need quiet time to write on your own?
  • Do you want feedback or want to critique each other's work?

No matter the plan, this program has something for you. Who knows?! By the time Summer Reading rolls around, you just might have something that’s ready to be published as an eBook. We’ll explore the technology involved in publishing eBooks, too. Imagine publishing your own story online…

Monday, Jan. 25

Monday, Feb. 22

Monday, Mar. 28

Monday, Apr. 25

Monday, May 23

Monday, June 27

Monday, July 25

Suitable for: Grades 6 – 12



Library research has evolved. Instead of stacks of books, encyclopedias, microfiche, and old newspapers, today’s research is all about the Internet.

That’s why we’re hosting a workshop to show you how to use the amazing and free research tools available through Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL)’s FreeSearch. 

Bring a topic to explore and our librarians will open your eyes to all the “FreeSearch” tools available for free with a Library Card (also free). Learn how to delve deeper than simple top-tier searches and discover more through credible sources. This workshop is limited to 12 participants, each of whom will have use of a touch-screen laptop.

1 - 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23

7509 S. Alkire St., Littleton – in the McDonald’s near the Bookmobile

Registration required.

Suitable for Teens & Adults


What’s a Teen Advisory Board (TAB)? It’s a fancy way of describing a group of teens who are interested in becoming more involved in their community and library. These teens work with teen librarians to determine which areas of service they wish to focus. Teens can give input on library Young Adult books and materials, help lead/create programming, volunteer at events, organize community service projects, and influence how their library serves their community.  

We asked some of our Teen Advisory Board members why they decided to get involved with Jeffco Library and here’s what they said:

“I decided to join TAB for a few reasons. One thing was that I had been to a few teen functions at the library before, and it seemed like planning the events would be something I would enjoy. Also, I had been to a meeting at another library with some of my friends, and the experience was a unique and really enjoyable one.”

                                                                -Izzy, Columbine Library


“I decided to join TAB because I decided I would like to be more involved with the community and help others (give back).”

                                                                -Angelica, Lakewood Library


“I wanted to help the library with its events, and I had some ideas that I wanted to put in. I also volunteered at the library over the summer and I wanted to continue to support some of its great programs.”

                                                                -Ellie, Columbine library

We also asked our TAB members why they think other teens should join them.  Here are their reasons.  

“Everyone in TAB is super fun, creative, and really amazing to be around. The behind-the-scenes planning is a very unique and awesome experience that can spark many creative muses in anyone. And, lastly we get to talk about a lot of awesome stuff that is exclusive to TAB. And the cookies; cookies are one of the best parts.”

-Izzy, Columbine Library


“It’s fun to plan events, it makes you think about younger kids, after hours parties are fun, especially for 8th-9th graders. “

                                                                                -Annie, Lakewood Library


“TAB is a great way to get involved with the community and know what’s going on with your local library (events, movies, etc.).”

                                                                -Angelica, Lakewood Library


TAB is fun, helps with creativity and planning skills, and you can meet some awesome people that have similar interests to yours.

                                                                                -Ellie, Columbine Library


If you love what's going on at the library and you want to supply a little bit of your brand of awesomeness to the events that will going on in the future, come on over the TAB side, we have cookies!!!

                                                                -Mykenna, Columbine Library

To review: TABs let you get involved with your library, plan teen events, and give back to your community. It's also fun and creative, lets you connect with other cool people, allows you to see behind the scenes, and you occasionally get cookies. Want to get involved in your library’s TAB? We’re taking new members for 2016 now! All you have to do is connect with your local Teen librarian to get involved!   



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