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by: 
Julia

We love being outside in Colorado. That's why we're offering a mini series of events focusing on Colorado's great outdoors. From outside hobbies and interests to gardening in the Mile High State, we hope you'll find the topic that interests you.

 

Using native plants in landscape design

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3

Add some Colorado flair to your garden. Beth Hanson, Native Plant Master instructor and landscape designer, shares how to incorporate native plants into your landscape designs and gardens.

 

Mountain wildlife and native plants

2 - 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11

Learn about mountain goats, elk, bighorn sheep, and other animals that you see on Colorado's trails. Milt Robinson, watershed ecologist and retired environmental management professor, shares his plant and wildlife knowledge as he teaches us about the majestic animals of the Rocky Mountains and the native plants that make up their natural habitats.

 

Colorado wildlflowers

2 - 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16

Learn to identify Colorado's native wildflowers in the mountains and along the Colorado Trail. Jen Toews shares her expert native plant knowledge and experience identifying wildflowers.

 

Anglers and conservation

2 - 3 p.m. Sunday, July  30

Learn about the angler scene in Colorado and catch some tips for getting started. Milt Robinson shares his plant and wildlife knowledge as a watershed ecologist and retired environmental management professor as he teaches us about the sport and ethics of fishing and the importance of water quality in our lakes and streams.

 

by: 
Julia

Be the best parent to your pet by learning about responsible pet ownership through this series that covers everything you need to know. From choosing a new pet to saying good bye, and everything in between, the Intermountain Humane Society (IMHS) helps us become better pet parents.

Wednesday, June 7: Choosing the Right Pet

Are you thinking about adding a pet to your family? Learn the needs of different types of pets to find one that best suits your lifestyle.  Each type of pet is different in terms of care, feeding, behavior, cost, housing and the demands on your time. If you know what you’re getting into, you’re more likely to have a happy animal, a good relationship with your pet, and an easier time dealing with any challenges that might arise. 

Wednesday, Aug. 2: What to Expect as a New Pet Owner

What can you expect as a new pet owner? How much time should you spend with a pet? How do you groom my new pet? What kind of sleeping space does your pet need? What type of exercise does or training does your new pet need?   What type of food is best for my new pet? These questions and more will be answered.

Tuesday, Oct. 3: The Human/Animal Abuse Connection

Are you aware of the high correlation between animal abuse and other violent behaviors? Research shows violence to animals is a strong predictor of violence and abuse to people. Learn about the connection and ways to prevent it.

Wednesday, Nov. 8: Making End of Life Decisions for your Pet

Whether your furry friend is approaching his golden years or has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, it’s important to calmly guide the end-of-life experience and minimize discomfort and distress. As your pet’s health declines, you may elect to care for your pet at home—with the supervision of a veterinarian—or you may decide to end his suffering with euthanasia. Discuss this difficult subject with and learn how you can help your pet.

Suitable for: All ages

by: 
Cindy

lalaDid you know you can check out the latest (and past!) award winning movies at the library - for free?

Items like these tend to be quite popular, so we pull aside copies to place on our Lucky Day shelves. If you don’t visit our physical locations, maybe it's time to stop by and take a peek – it may be your lucky day and you’ll find the popular item you want waiting on the Lucky Day shelf.

You can see it in person at Belmar Library at two free screenings of La La Land in May.

5:30 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 10
2 - 4:15 p.m. Sunday, May 28

You can also download movies and soundtracks to your personal device. Here's a list of previous award winners to enjoy!

2016 Winners:

Moonlight

Manchester by the Sea

Florence Foster Jenkins

Hidden Figures

Lion

Zootopia

Winners of the 2000s:

2015 - Spotlight

2014 - Birdman

2013 - 12 Years a Slave

2012 - Argo

2011 - The Artist

2010 - The King's Speech

2009 - The Hurt Locker

2008 - Slumdog Millionaire

2007 - No Country for Old Men

2006 - The Departed

2005 - Crash

2004 - Million Dollar Baby

2003 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2002 - Chicago

2001 - A Beautiful Mind

2000 - Gladiator

by: 
Julia

Things get a little wild when Lookout Mountain Nature Center joins us at the Conifer Library for a story and show 'n' tell time. Kids, age 3-6 will do an activity to reinforce the story that focuses on the natural world around us - prairies, wetlands, woods, weather, and more! Also, they might meet a live snake or touch a real animal pelt! 

Lookout Mountain Nature Center staff and volunteer naturalists inspire kids and adults to connect with the natural world as participants enjoy a hands-on experience. More importantly, Lookout Mountain Nature Center promotes conservation of Jefferson County's open spaces. It's a fun way for kids and adults to learn how to take care of our earth.

Make a plan to get wild in Conifer!

  • Thursday, May 18, 11:30-12:15PM
  • Thursday June 8, 11:15-11:45AM
  • Saturday, July 29, 11:30-12:15PM
by: 
Julia

 HomelessnessWomen and children may not be the first thing you think of when you hear the word "homeless," but over 75% of the homeless population in Jefferson County has children. Listen to women’s stories and begin to understand the human impact of homelessness in our community at a special presentation by poet Sheila Norris and photographer Cecilia Broder as they showcase their work, followed by a panel discussion on homelessness with other community advocates.

A new book, Exposure: Homelessness through the Lens of Art and Poetry, captures these stories and advocates for homeless women in the Denver area. Every page offers delicate insights into the experiences of these brave Coloradans as they fight for dignity and safety. Exposure lends a much-needed voice to the voiceless.

This presentation is sponsored by Jefferson County Public Library; Heading Home: Jeffco Community Steps to Housing; Jefferson County Human Services; and Capitol Hill United Ministries.

Suitable for: Adults

3:30 – 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20

Arvada

by: 
MacKenzie

Mother's DayIf you have a mother, a mom, or a mama, then you’ve stressed over what to get her for Mother’s Day. Maybe you’re lucky, and your mom just wants to spend some quality time with you. Or maybe she just says she wants to spend some quality time with you, when, in reality, you know she’d appreciate a heartfelt gift too. Either way, we’ve got you covered. 

Here’s the plan: Before Mother’s Day, make your mom something beautiful, like a soldered glass box, a book planter for a succulent, or a 3D decoupage card. Then bring her to the library for a Spa Day, a Health by Chocolate presentation, or an International Tea Party. Better yet,  make a reoccurring date with her to go to a movie time, needle arts group, or Gardening in Colorado discussion. Finally, read a book or watch a movie that celebrates how awesome moms are with her, so she knows how important she is to you! 

by: 
Cindy

What's the truth about the Nazca Lines, those huge images etched into the Peruvian ground that are seemingly visible only from the air? Do they suggest the influence of ancient aliens or are they proof of ancient humanity's artistic genius? Join author Anita Jepson-Gilbert at the Standley Lake Library for a fun and informative exploration of these fascinating, mysterious glyphs and her book, Maria and the Stars of Nazca.

3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, May 13

Suitable for: Adults

by: 
Julia

Front Range FireAh, summer. It’s almost here. Splashing the day away at the outdoor pool, and sizzling up dinner on the grill as the sun goes down. For those of us who live in the Front Range though, summer also means fire season is upon us once again. 

Although officials predict an ‘average’ or ‘below average’ fire season for 2017, this still equates to 4,500 fires, or 100,000 acres of state-owned or private property potentially at risk. In 2016, fire predictions slightly exceeded expectations. 

Learn about fire ecology as well as techniques for fire mitigation and preparedness directly from Elk Creek Fire District personnel at our Front Range Fire Preparedness information session. Already have a fire preparedness strategy? Share it, get feedback, and leave with additional peace of mind. 

Space is limited; register online or call 303-235-5275.

Be prepared for fire season this summer - so you can have your barbecue, and eat it too!

Suitable for: Adults

6 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17

Conifer

by: 
Cindy

Putin's RussiaVladimir Putin's legacy continues to build. We're hosting Active Minds in a presentation about the story of Russia under the influence of Vladimir Putin, including Russia’s involvement in the situation in Ukraine. Preregister to be called for the program, or call in at the time of the program to join. 

10 a.m. Monday, May 8

Library 2 You

Preregister: 303-275-6173

Call In: 303-502.5189

About Vladimir Putin

From our online resource, BIOGRAPHY IN CONTEXT

Vladimir Putin is a Russian politician who has served as president of Russia since 2012. Formerly an agent of the Soviet intelligence agency the KGB during the Cold War era, he lived undercover for a decade and a half. Putin then suddenly entered politics in the early 1990s and subsequently saw a meteoric rise. By August of 1999 ailing President Boris Yeltsin appointed him prime minister, and when Yeltsin stepped down that December, Putin became the acting president. Many were wary of his background in the KGB, which had a reputation for human rights abuses, and were also concerned about his status as a relative newcomer to politics. However, he won the popular election in March of 2000 to retain his post as president. Although his popularity was such that he easily won a second term in 2004, his approval rating soon began to plummet. He served as president until 2008 and then as prime minister until 2012. In 2012 Putin was again elected president of Russia. He gained international attention in 2014 when he invaded the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea and annexed it to Russia in what became known as the Crimean crisis. He continued his nationalistic and aggressive behavior, threatening NATO's defense of Ukraine and the Baltic states-- suggesting he would use nuclear weapons if necessary.

by: 
MacKenzie

OB4COStarting today, 4-year-olds can come to their local library to pick up a free copy of the book Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley. Children are bound to love the simple story of a mouse who wakes for a midnight snack and winds up creating a chaotic mess in the family kitchen.

In its sixth year, One Book 4 Colorado is a statewide collaboration between Lt. Governor Donna Lynne’s office and Colorado's early literacy communities. The program provides every 4-year-old in Colorado with a free copy of the same book -- in English or Spanish -- in order to promote early literacy skills, help families serve as their child’s first and most important teachers, and foster a culture of reading.

Over the last five years, more than 350,000 books have been given to Colorado 4-year-olds across the state through public and military libraries and preschools in the Denver Preschool Program. Now through May 1, 2017, the program will provide another 75,000 books to encourage Colorado families to read together. Come pick up your copy today!

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