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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

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

Gabby Gourmet Foodies unite! Pat Miller, a.k.a. the Gabby Gourmet is coming to the Belmar Library. Get a taste of what it’s like to be a successful restaurant reviewer—a job Gabby has enjoyed for over 30 years. Signed copies of the 30th edition of her popular Gabby Gourmet Guide will be available for purchase (just in time for the holidays).

Suitable for: Adults

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

by: 
Cindy

Hot SpotsIt’s no trick! We have a new treat to offer you. Soon you'll be able to place a hold, check out and take home a Wi-Fi Hot Spot. Yes! It’s true.

Today’s families rely on the Internet for many reasons, including student access to online homework and access to the many digital resources made available by the Library. But not everybody has home access.

We have 100 new devices and you can check them out for seven days at a time. We believe these devices will meet a very real demand and supports our mission of making technology accessible to all.

Our mission is to provide equal access to information and opportunity to all the residents of Jefferson County, and when our community voted to support the 2015 mill levy, we became enabled to improve our ability to provide that access to new and emerging technologies and increase digital literacy countywide.  [The crowd cheers!]  

In addition to the 100 hot spots, we’ve added ten WiFi enabled tablets that are now in circulation at Edgewater and Wheat Ridge Libraries.

by: 
Carol

Fall Break Fun

Here comes Thanksgiving week, everybody! The kids are out of school and we’re all excited for the feast. If you’re searching for fun activities to keep the family entertained, look no further than your local Jeffco Library.  This year, in addition to movies, crafts, and special Story Times, we’re under a wizard’s spell. To celebrate the new movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we have a ton of Harry Potter fun in addition to the cornucopia of turkey-themed activities. See what's in store and prepare to gobble it up. 

by: 
Carol

Harry Potter Fall Break

School is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday so Hogwarts is kicking into action. We’re getting excited for the premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Nov. 18, and we have a lot of Harry Potter celebrations going on. Grab your wand, put on your cloak and head to the Library. We have something for every Harry Potter fan, including: 

• A Harry Potter movie marathon

• Crafts, games and trivia devoted to our favorite wizard 

• Live "Fantastic Beasts" 

• Care of Magical Creatures Class

• Harry Potter Escape Room

• And so much more!

See what's in store and prepare for some wizardly adventures. 

by: 
Rebecca

South County

One of JCPL’s 2017 strategic priorities is to update the Columbine Library to reflect our new service model. This year, we’re focused on planning for that remodel.

We’ve now assembled the full design/construction team, which includes NV5 (Owner’s Rep), Humphries Poli Architects and Fransen Pittman (General Contractor).

We’ve spent the past eight months soliciting input from the community, library users and staff to define a vision for the new Columbine Library. The input we’ve received has given us great insights into the kinds of services and amenities Jefferson County residents would like to see. We’ve gathered that feedback in a Community Input Report.

Our architects have taken that feedback and developed an exciting design concept that will transform the Columbine Library into a vibrant and highly functional space worthy of the modern  library. 

Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL) is inviting local area residents to preview the proposed design for the 2017 Columbine Library remodel at two Community Update Meetings at the Columbine Library. 

Saturday, November 12, 10-12 p.m.
Columbine Library Meeting Room
7706 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 

Saturday, November 19, 1-3 p.m.
Columbine Library Meeting Room
7706 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO

Please join us as we collaborate in the creation of our new Columbine Library.

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: 
Carol

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.

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!

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