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by: 
Carol

Destinations UnknownSit back and enjoy the adventure . . . or plan one of your own! This armchair travel series at Standley Lake Library lets you learn about places around the globe from folks who have “been there, done that.” Pick up tips, tricks and other terrific ideas for planning your exciting adventure.

Upcoming events:

6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 - Australia with Julie Nelson

6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 - Cruises with semi-retired travel agent Mary Boyd

6:30 p.m. Monday, May 22 - Paris and Ireland with Erin Regan

Suitable for: Adults

by: 
Cindy

Would you like a chance to win an iPad mini tablet or a GoPro Hero 5 camera?

Tell us how you use technology in a short online survey. Open to all Jefferson County residents (age 14 and older), the survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and will provide us with important information about Jefferson County’s unique digital needs. Results from the survey will help us to make smart decisions about our current and future technology offerings.

The survey is open January 17 through February 5. Once the survey closes, we’ll select a winner through a random drawing, and the winner will be notified by Friday, February 10.

by: 
MacKenzie

ReadersUniteWe’d like to invite you to join a social media movement to highlight the power of reading and readers as we start the new year. Today, libraries across the country are joining forces to promote the hashtag #ReadersUnite. This hashtag serves as a reminder of how important it is to share ideas and information freely. Reading builds knowledge, understanding, and empathy across the spectrum of readers and #ReadersUnite is a call to action that reminds the world how powerful reading can be.

During the month of January, we’re asking you to post the book you’re reading to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media platform using the hashtag #ReadersUnite in your posts. If you tag Jeffco Library, we’ll share them on our social media channels too! 

Don’t know what to write? Try one of these:

  • Show the world what you're reading this January and include hashtag #ReadersUnite in your posts!
  • Share a pic of your current book with other readers across the country - use hashtag #ReadersUnite!
  • I’m reading [book title] because [reason] #ReadersUnite

And if you haven’t followed us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram yet, now’s a great time!

by: 
MacKenzie

The new year means new book lists. Books we're looking forward to this year, books that we missed last year, the best, the worst, and everything in between. Instead of making a list outselves, we thought we'd ask you for suggestions instead. Last week, we asked you on Facebook what your favorite reads of 2016 were. Here’s 25 of your responses: 

Wool by Hugh Howey

In a future toxic landscape, a community that lives in an underground silo is rocked by the desire of Sheriff Holston, who has upheld the group's rules for years, to go outside, setting in motion events that kindle the fire of revolution.

 

girl on the trainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

After witnessing something shocking, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

 

the nightingaleThe Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.

 

homegoingHomegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast's booming slave trade, and shipped off to America.

our souls at nightOur Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future.

 

the light between oceansThe Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

After moving with his wife to an isolated Australian lighthouse where they suffer miscarriages and a stillbirth, Tom allows his wife to claim an infant that has washed up on the shore, a decision with devastating consequences.

 

girl at warGirl At War by Sara Nović

When her happy life in 1991 Croatia is shattered by civil war, ten-year-old Ana Juric is embroiled in a world of guerilla warfare and child soldiers before making a daring escape to America, where years later she struggles to hide her past.

 

PinesPines by Blake Crouch

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America--or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. 

 

a man called oveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 

A curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with new neighbors, a boisterous family whose chattiness and habits lead to unexpected friendship.

 

the apple orchardThe Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs

Set to inherit half of Bella Vista, a one hundred-acre apple orchard in a town called Archangel, along with a half-sister she's never heard of, Tess Delaney, who makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners, discovers a world filled with the simple pleasures of food and family.

 

Forty autumnsForty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner

In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family--of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than forty years, and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

11/22/6311/22/63 by Stephen King

On November 22, 1963, three shots changed the world. What if it never happened? Jake Epping is a 35-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. Jake's friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane, and insanely impossible, mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

between the world and meBetween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Coates shares with his son and readers the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children's lives were taken as American plunder. 

the aviators wifeThe Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Despite her own major achievements--she becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the United States--Anne Morrow Lindbergh is viewed merely as Charles Lindbergh's wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life's infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

ready player oneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

Part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera, Ready player one is set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

 

the war that saved my lifeThe War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

 

 

moonglowMoonglow by Michael Chabon

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession of a man the narrator refers to only as "my grandfather." It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and marriage and desire, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury, and, above all, of the destructive impact--and the creative power--of keeping secrets and telling lies. 

the martianThe Martian by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

station elevenStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

The sudden death of a Hollywood actor during a production of "King Lear" marks the beginning of the world's dissolution in a story told at various past and future times from the perspectives of the actor and four of his associates.

 

the golenThe Golem and The Jinni by Helene Wecker

Chava, a golem brought to life by a disgraced rabbi, and Ahmad, a jinni made of fire, form an unlikely friendship on the streets of New York until a fateful choice changes everything.

 

 

i let you goI Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street...

 

 

the good dreamThe Good Dream by Donna VanLiere

When Ivorie Walker discovers a feral boy stealing from her garden, she reaches out to uncover where he comes from only to encounter fierce resistance from the town.

 

 

the goldfinchThe Goldfinch by Donna Tart

 A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes thelife of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. 

h is for hawk'H' is for Hawk by Helen McDonald

Heart-wrenching and humorous, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, with a parallel examination of a legendary writer's eccentric falconry. Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator.

her royal spynessHer Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

Her ridiculously long name is Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, daughter to the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch. As the thirty-fourth in line for the throne, she has been taught only a few things. But when her brother cuts off her allowance, she leaves Scotland, and her fiance Fish-Face, for London, where she has: a) worked behind a cosmetics counter-and gotten sacked after five hours b) started to fall for a quite unsuitable minor royal c) made some money housekeeping (incognita, of course), and d) been summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy son. 

by: 
Cindy

Girls in STEMDespite nearly two decades of concerted efforts to attract girls and women to the fields of engineering and computing, the numbers haven’t improved. In fact, they’re getting worse. According to a 2015 study by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), just 12% of engineers are women, and the number of women in computing has fallen from 35% in 1990 to just 26% in 2013.

Golden Library offers STEM Girls at 4 p.m. on select Mondays. These STEM events provide girls with the chance to play and learn in an open and nonjudgmental atmosphere. The events are led by Bell Middle School’s Girls in iSTEM Club. And in connection with the Colorado School of Mines, the Golden Library is hosting a STEM Girls Competition this month.

What will you create? Think big. Think small. Think about how you can build a better world. We’re hosting a STEM Competition to challenge your brains. Creations should be an original design and related to energy and environment, health and nutrition, or biomedical. You should include a hypothesis and a visual aid of your concept – a video, tri-fold display, poster, model or anything that best conveys your innovation. You can work individually or in groups of four or less.

Competition Notes:

  • Eligibility: Girls grades 5-8, may work individually or in a group of no more than 4.
  • Contest begins Jan. 5 – Feb. 22. Judges want to see what creations entrants think can help build a better world or solve an everyday problem.
  • Entries can be related to energy and development, health and nutrition, or biomedical.
  • Projects should include a hypothesis and a visual of the creations. Visual aids may be a video, tri-fold display, poster, model or anything that best conveys the innovation or solution being described.
  • On February 22, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., girls in grades 5 through 8 will present their projects at the Golden Library and students from Colorado School of Mines outreach program designed for girls (DECTech Students) will judge them.
  • Winners will be honored at the International Women’s Day Luncheon on March 8 at the Denver Marriott West and all contestants will receive a certificate of participation.

For more information, contact Stephanie Douglas at the Golden Library or call 303-235-5275.

by: 
MacKenzie

culture passWe have exciting news! The DMNS Culture Passes have transitioned from physical to virtual passes! Now you no longer need to come into the Library to pick up a Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) Culture Pass and you don’t have to return the pass after you’re finished with it. Hooray! 

So how does it work? Just reserve the pass for the day you want to use it. Then, print out your pass and take it with you to the museum. (Remember, if you don’t have a printer, we can always print it for you in one of our libraries.) 

Each pass allows up to seven (7) people access to the museum, as well as discounts to IMAX, special ticketed events, the cafe, and the gift shop.  (Don’t forget - kids under 3 are always free.)

Reserve your DMNS Culture Pass today! And while you’re at it, check out all the Culture Pass options your library card provides you.

by: 
Carol

written and published“Great people do things before they're ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you're afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that- that's what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that's really special and if you're not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself.” - Amy Poehler

So, you have an idea for a book. Now what? Making the decision to write a book is similar to making the decision to start exercising. It takes commitment, real commitment. But guess what? It’s doable, and the rewards can be amazing and so fulfilling.

What better place for inspiration than from the library! Author and Colorado Independent Publishers Association representative Catherine Scott is coming to the Evergreen library to take us on a grand tour from literary idea to finished product. She covers everything from the whys of motivation to marketing your book in a digital world.

If you feel like it’s time for your great novel, short story or children’s book, this is an event you won’t want to miss. It's a real page turner.

Suitable for: Teens and Adults

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12

by: 
Carol

Winter BreakWinter break is time for family, friends, and let’s face it, sometimes cabin fever. Need an activity to give you a change of pace? We’re here to help with movies, Cubelets, stop-motion animation lessons, laser tag, Muppets and more!

See all Winter Break Events

There's a blizzard of amazing ways to spend a few hours at the library. Happy holidays!

 

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 author visitJoin us at the Arvada Library to discuss Kellen Cutsforth's book Buffalo Bill, Boozers, Brothels, and Bare-Knuckle Brawlers: An Englishman's Journal of Adventure in America with the author himself.

Book synopsis: The travel journal of the wealthy young Englishman, Evelyn Booth, weaves a factual, enthralling, and entertaining narrative that follows his escapades throughout the United States of the late nineteenth century. Transcribed and edited (with relevant commentary for contemporary audiences) by Kellen Cutsforth, Booth's journal reveals his career as a young care-free 'frat boy' with unlimited funds, gives first-hand accounts that involve drunken nights, fist fights, illicit affairs, sporting events, and full-blown adventures with the most well-known celebrities of the day, including encounters with famous scout and showman William Frederick 'Buffalo Bill' Cody and the Wild West Cowboys; bare knuckled world champions John L. Sullivan and Jack 'Nonpareil' Dempsey; and Fred Archer, the most famous horse jockey of the day.

Kellen is a veteran speaker and presenter. He is also a social media manager for the Western Writers of America and the Denver Posse of Westerners. His blogs have been featured in “Archives Open” national online periodical. For the last 11 years, Kellen has been employed as an archivist in the Western History and Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library where he’s researched, organized, and published several finding aids and authored numerous biographical sketches for collections.

Suitable for: Adults

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13

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